Choosing the right password for you, can be a daunting task. Hackers have tools to crack dictionary passwords within minutes. Depending on the password, even seconds. What makes matters worse, many users use the same password between systems. For example, if you use the same password to login to your bank and email. If your email password was compromised, so is your banks.
A series of random letters, numbers and special characters may be a bit difficult to remember. Instead, we recommend the use of passphrases. This familiar phrase combined with numbers, letters and special characters will usually satisfy all of the recommendations above. Lets look at a few examples:
"Password security is hard at times" -> Pa$$s3c1h@T!
"Finally! a good password" -> F!@GpA55w0rDs
noner77 -> too short and based on the username
12345 -> numbers in a sequence
password1 -> usually the first password hackers try
MyDogBen -> English dictionary words
WatashiWatashiBoku -> Japanese dictionary words
All of the above bad passwords are real passwords that users have used. Do not become a victim.