Every so often there’s an article published that lists all the worst possible or most popular passwords. Most of them are amazingly silly and virtually useless passwords.
Chances are good that you have a password that made The Top 500 Worst Passwords Of All Time.
The numbers “123456” do not a good password make. Ditto for “password” as the password. Both rank high on the list of passwords not to use. “12345678” or your name are not better.
The problem with passwords is simple. The more complex the password, the more difficult it is for an intruder to guess. But, it’s also more difficult to remember.
Passwords that mix uppercase and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols are usually better, but are significantly more difficult to remember.
Mac users can choose from a few dozen apps that manage passwords, regardless of how complex they may be. And, there are dozens of apps that create more complex, and presumably more secure passwords.
For example, there’s the elegant PwGenerator, my favorite. Everything you need to create a good password is a click or two away.
Simple sliders help you determine the number of uppercase or lowercase letters, extra numbers or symbols, and total number of digits.
Other inexpensive password generators do the same thing. There are also online password generators such as Strong Password Generator which work similar magic.
Despite the easy ways to create a complex, more secure password, the original problem still remains Remembering the password you created. Password managers ease the pain of trying to remember a complex password. In a future post I’ll list my favorite password managers, and a time-honored way to create a complex password that’s also easier to remember.