out in December of 2009 highlights the fact that many Internet users
are still not choosing good passwords. If the bad guys can guess your
password they can cause all kinds of havoc.
"In December 2009, a major password breach occurred that led to the
release of 32 million passwords1. Further, the hacker posted to the
Internet the full list of the 32 million passwords (with no other
Here is a list of the five most common passwords.
We all know the challenge. The tougher a password is for someone
else to guess, the tougher it is for us to remember. Here are a few
tips for creating strong passwords.
1. Use capital and lower case letter
2. Use numbers and special symbols
3. Make the password at least 8 characters long
Here is a strategy that I have used to create a password that is
hard to guess and easy to remember. Think of a sentence and use the
first letter from each word to form the password. For example, "I love
to read books and visit facebook", becomes the password Il2rb&vf.
That could be the password for facebook. For ebay I could use "I love
to read books and visit Ebay" or Il2rb&ve. Get the picture? You
have a strong password, 8 characters, includes a capital letter, a
number, and a special symbol. This lets you have a unique password for
each website and still have a pattern to help you remember.