Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Some Tips to create a Strong Password easily

While I was penning the previous article "Encrypt all your files for Free using Blowfish : Kruptos 2", I was just thinking why not share my thoughts and ideas on How to create a Strong Password. This lead me to explain the method I follow to set a password - A Strong Password indeed by all standards.

You must follow the following criteria while creating a Strong Password:
  • The password must be a minimum of 8+ characters.
  • The password must have 1 number , 1 special character, 1 Upper Case character.
A very simple example that I use to explain my friends and colleages is : P@ssw0rd. It fullfills all the criteria's. The 'a' is replaced by a special character @. The 'P' is of upper case. The 'o' is replaced by the numeral 0.

Well, you can now convert your regular password into a Strong Password by following a few changes like the example I have mentioned above for the simple password - P@ssw0rd.
  • Make the first character Upper Case.
  • Change all 'a' in the password to the special character @.
  • Change all 's' in the password to the special character $.
  • Change all 'l' in the password to the special character !.
  • Change all 'o' in the password to the numerical 0.
  • Change all 'i' in the password to the numerical 1.
Hope the above tips do help. Do comment below your thoughts and ideas.

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