What is a Strong Password?

What does it look like?
What qualifies as a strong password?
How do I Create It?

Updated: June 2, 2022
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
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4z8$h73$!P

Looks like gibberish?

Exactly - That's 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 brute force attack 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

What Makes a Strong Password?

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

Create Strong Passwords

One of the best ways to ensure that your online activities are safe and secure is to protect your passwords. Protecting your passwords is in your control. You need to create a strong password and then make sure to kept it safe. Follow our advice to help keep your passwords out of the wrong hands

Password Tips:

  • • Keep the password safe
  • • Never share your password
  • • Do not write down your password
  • • Do not store a password on the device
  • • At least 8 characters long, but 12 or more is better
  • • Do not share a password with anyone. Not even a friend or family member
  • • Never send a complete password by email, instant message, or any other means of communication that is not completely secure
  • • 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 an Online Password Generators or any online Password tools
We have heard too many horror stories that Hackers have actually set up password generating websites to also collect passwords. Pretty ingenious on their part

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

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
Let's use: "I Will Stop The World And Melt"

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

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

Substitute a number for at least one of the letters. (changed the capital “W” to the number 3)
i3st3Am
- Strength meter: 67/100, This could work just the way it is

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.)
i3$t3Am!
- Strength meter: 76/100. Strong

You can see the different levels of strength with every change, and getting harder to hack with every step

Let's go a little crazy and add "rsh" so it looks like this
i3$t3Am!rsh
- Very Strong - 97/100. Now that's 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

Changing Your Password

We see all the time that you should change your password 30 - 60 - 90 days
But if you have a good - strong one, why?
The new password you create may not be as good as the old one. Plus if you have to change it often you would be more likely to write it down or save it some place vs. memorizing the original one

We (RSH Web) has had the same password since 1997 for our main website. And being a Hosting company, we encounter Brute Force Attacks regularly
Why would we change such a strong password? It would make no sense

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
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

Let's 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.

Do not 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.

Do not let anyone watch you enter your password.

Do not enter your password on a public computer, or one you do not trust.

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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