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How to Create a Safe Hacker-Proof Password

How to Create a Hacker-Proof Password in 5 Easy Steps

You've heard it a hundred times before: you need to create a hacker-proof password to keep from falling victim to cybercrime. But not only are you supposed to choose a hard-to-guess password, it's best to have a different one for each website you've registered with. This fact was reinforced after the recent hacking of Gawker, which allowed hackers to gain access to Gawker user accounts, as well as any other online account that used the same password. Even more worrysome: this weekends massive email data breach.

Talk about confusing! So how do you go about creating a hacker-proof password that's easy to remember? Find out after the break.

This easy 5 step password tutorial is effective and easy to customize:

  1. Choose a phrase — This one time at band camp
  2. Change words to numbers — This 1 time at band camp
  3. Pick first letter of each word or number — T1TABC
  4. Add special characters — T1T@BC
  5. Customize by adding prefix for each site you register with — (example: for Amazon) T1T@BCAMA

Easy enough, right? Have any tips on creating hacker-proof passwords of your own? Leave them in the comments!

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z0rkzer0 z0rkzer0 5 years
In addition to echoing Nontrad's comment, two more thoughts: Use a password manager (such as KeePass) to generate long nonsensical password strings, then just copy/paste them into your browser. (I choose KeyPass because of the many platforms on which it runs). Also - be aware that many sites still do not yet cooperate with your attempt to use a secure password. All too often I encounter sites that will not allow special characters, mixed-case, numbers, or even long passwords. When you run into these sites, ask yourself if you really need to set up an account? If so, make darn sure that the password is unique to that site... and complain to the site admins if possible.
z0rkzer0 z0rkzer0 5 years
In addition to echoing Nontrad's comment, two more thoughts: Use a password manager (such as KeePass) to generate long nonsensical password strings, then just copy/paste them into your browser. (I choose KeyPass because of the many platforms on which it runs).Also - be aware that many sites still do not yet cooperate with your attempt to use a secure password. All too often I encounter sites that will not allow special characters, mixed-case, numbers, or even long passwords. When you run into these sites, ask yourself if you really need to set up an account? If so, make darn sure that the password is unique to that site... and complain to the site admins if possible.
myhousemd myhousemd 5 years
I've been using the same password for years, and have yet to have anything hacked.
ladybird213 ladybird213 5 years
I would have never fought to do something like this, and it is so simple, thanks.
ThePinkGeek ThePinkGeek 5 years
Awesome I do this for my passwords - but never thought of doing something like what was mentioned in number 5! That's cool!!! I will definitely start incorporating that!! I also agree with the above comment about using mixed case
ThePinkGeek ThePinkGeek 5 years
Awesome I do this for my passwords - but never thought of doing something like what was mentioned in number 5! That's cool!!! I will definitely start incorporating that!!I also agree with the above comment about using mixed case
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