How to choose (design) a good password
A good password is more than just some obscure word or a random combination of characters. Modern password cracking software can easily break passwords in a surprisingly short time.
Any password shorter than 12 characters is fair game and even longer passwords can fall if not constructed correctly. Passwords are cracked through various methods. Brute force (trying all possible combinations of characters, often using a base dictionary, until correct password is matched) is the most common.
Phishing and Social Hacking ( obtaining information through mis-representation ) are also common methods of obtaining passwords and PIN codes.. At Host Africa, your security is important to us, thus we would like you to use this advice to secure your passwords.
Password policies and conventions
Password policies which force you to change your password every week or month can also end up being counter-productive, as this only encourages people to either write down the current password, or make their passwords “easy” so that they can remember them.
1. Choose a phrase of between 12 and 20 characters. Remember, windows based systems can often not take passwords longer than 16 characters, so keep that in mind. Start with ALL lowercase.
My sample phrase is:
i like feeding cats = 16 characters
i Like feeding Cats
Make your own rules here, for example, I will substitute only ever second occurrence, thus
i L1ke f3eding Cats
i L1ke f3eding C@t$