Passwords

4z8$h73$!P

Looks like gibberish doesn't it"

Exactly - That is the point

When it comes to hacking or cracking, good passwords are very hard for hackers to actually crack. Passwords on average would take a Hackers program years at running full time to crack. What is normally done is they try to find a back door or try to find out information about you and use that to guess your password
So with this in mind lets continue

What makes a Strong Password?

Password should consist of at least eight characters. Password should contain uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers, spaces, and special characters, if possible

Password Tips:

Keep the password safe
Never share your password
Do not write down your password
Use passwords of at least eight characters or longer
Use a combination of upper, lower, numbers and special characters
Avoid using people or pet’s names
Avoid words found in the dictionary
Avoid using important dates (birthdays, anniversaries, etc)
A good password looks like a series of random characters
If you think your password may have been compromised change it now

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Warning:

We never recommend using a Online Password Generators or any online Password tools
We have heard to many horror stories that Hackers have actually set up password generating websites to collect passwords. Pretty ingenious on their part, yes?

How to create a strong, complex password

cPanel

The easiest way is right in cPanel
Log into your cPanel then under "Preferences" >> "Password & Security" >> "Password Generator"

Manually

To make a password manually try the below steps

1) Think of a phrase with at least eight words. It should be easy for you to remember but hard for someone who knows you to guess. It could be a line from a favorite story, song lyric, or quotation you like. Example: "Song I Will Stop The World And Melt"

2) Remove all but the first letter of each word in your phrase: "SIWSTWAM"
- Strength meter: 43/100. A good start

3) Replace several of the upper-case letters with lower case ones, at random: "SiWstWAm"
- Strength meter: 53/100. Getting better

4) Substitute a number for at least one of the letters. (changed the capital “W” to the number 3): "Si3stWAm"
- Strength meter: 67/100, This could work just the way it is

5) And now use some special characters ( $, &, +, !, @) to replace a letter or two -- preferably a letter that is repeated in the phrase. You can also add an extra character to the mix. (Here, we’ve replaced the “s” with “$”, and added an exclamation point at the end.) : "Si3$tWAm!"
- Strength meter: 76/100. Strong

You can see the different levels of strength with every change, this one would be very hard to hack

Lets go a little crazy and add "rsh" so it looks like this: "Si3$tWAm!rsh"
- Very Strong - 95/100. Now thats a Password!!

Check the strength of your password

Right within cPanel there is a Password Strength Meter, great for checking the strength of your passwords

Password Management Products

There are good password manager software products on the market today. Using one of these products, you can create truly random, very long, and unique passwords for each site, and because the software will remember them for you, you never have to worry about what your password is. Your password manager will store and encrypt the passwords for you, and log you in automatically. Remember to only use well known or highly recommended password manager software

To help you organize your various login details You can use popular password managers such as
Dashlane
LastPass
Myki
LogMeOnce
Symantec Norton Password Manager
Avira Password Manager
Bitwarden

From Google Create a strong password and a more secure account

And just for fun What are the most funny passwords that you came across

Lets Recap

Protect your password. Do not write down your password, memorize it. If you do need to write it down do not leave it out in the public

Use unrelated passwords for systems controlled by different organizations. Don’t give or share your password, in particular to someone claiming to be from computer support or a vendor unless you are sure they are who they say they are

Don’t let anyone watch you enter your password. Don’t enter your password on a computer you don’t trust. Use the password for a limited time and change it periodically

Choose a hard-to-guess password. Do not use words that are in a dictionary, names, or any personal information (for example, your birthday or phone number)

Avoid simple patterns. Instead, use UPPER and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. Make certain that your password is at least eight characters long. When you choose a new password, make certain that it is not related to your previous passwords


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COMMENTS


Patrick Johnson
I blog frequently and I seriously thank you for your blogs I never new all of this about passwords, again thanks


Ryan Aubey
I am going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new information, thanks


Tomas B
The info you shared will be helpful. again thanks for the information

John J
As a former Hacker ;) your right on about all of this. Great article!!


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