It is because of the never ending battle to decipher people’s passwords that we have looked into and appreciate a creative way to further enhance your on-line security.
For years we have been suggesting that everyone rotate their passwords routinely to keep cyber-hackers off balance when trying to figure out your passwords. Now, that is not enough. A better way to thwart these attempts is to create passwords that are constructed of four random words that mean something to the end user.
For example, pick four words that relate to your past. TrojanPantherSachemScouts. Here you see four random words that have no meaning and do not make any sense to anyone else. You can make the password even tougher by replacing letters with characters. For example, Tr0j@nP@nth3rS@c4emScout$. A list of six variations could be created and used in a rotation of passwords, (do not use one for all sites).
Why do this? It has been found that hackers can break the “old style” password in less than twenty-four hours, yet it is said to take many years, (decades even!), to crack the new password style. “For the past 20 years we have been trained to create passwords that are hard for Humans to remember but easy for Computers to guess,” TED talk article. This practice is already being used with many new routers wifi connection passwords. If you look, you will find the new wifi passwords are two random words with random numbers. Put this effective approach to work for you…
Should you create the new passwords, it is strongly suggested you write down the four random words and store them in a safe place, (without the term password written on the note), in case you need to be reminded of what they are and in what order you wrote them.