It’s 2016 So Read This and Stop Creating Stupid Passwords

Setting up a new social media account? Or managing multiple email accounts? The most important part of these activities is to create a strong password. People mostly don’t want to get into the complexities of creating a strong password and they consider it to be a time consuming feat! Though password creation does require some extra time due the involvement of thought process in setting a secure password, still it is a process worth investing your time.

Every year we collect the worst passwords from all over the internet. The worst passwords of 2015 give you a good idea of the lack of interest of most people have when it comes to create a proper password! Here go ahead look at the worst passwords of 2015:

Read more: The Worst Passwords of 2015

To be honest if you really don’t want to consume your time in creating a password yourself then it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a good password. Use a good password manager to this work for you.

A password manager app takes care of all your passwords, saving them all in its secure database and even letting you come up with super-strong password combinations that you don’t need to remember (thats why it saves them for you). Basically you have to remember one master password for your manager app and you’re good to go. Its a locker for all your passwords and logins.

Now that you’re clear on what they can do for you, lets take a look at some of the popular password managers around.

Lastpass

Lastpass password manager is a good option if you are looking to create a unique & strong password. It also works for teams where you can share the passwords between multiple Lastpass account holders. Go ahead & give it a try.

Download it here: http://www.lastpass.com/

Keepass

Keepass is also a dependable password manager having a simple, open source & user friendly platform but it exhibits certain problems in password sharing and synchronization between devices. If you are looking for a simple password manager that doesn’t need to be synchronized between multiple devices, then Keepass is for you.

Download it here: http://www.keepass.info/

Dashline

Dashlane is another reputable password manager having the property of password sharing but it is one of the costly ones around. But if you want to have one of the best password managers irrespective of their cost, then this manager is exactly what you require.

Download it here: https://www.dashlane.com/

Tips for password creation

Following are some basic guidelines to create a secure and strong password.

  • Create an acronym from some information that is significant and hence easy to remember for you. Such as, my pet parrot’s birthday is 10 April 1996. This sentence will become Mppbi/Apr,10
  • You can keep a short phrase or sentence as a password by writing it in your unique way. Such as, 2B-or-Not_2b? It says “To be or not to be?”
  • You can use the keyboard to create a shape pattern constituting the keys. Such as, %tgbHU8* makes a V on the keyboard. Similarly you can keep changing the shape pattern.
  • Include the information that you are sure people don’t know about you. Yes that’s the point of privacy!
  • Keep changing your password after a particular time period.

Tools for password generation

If you are interested to know about more tools for password generation, then visit the following links:


  • All these apps are for stupid and nonsense people.
    Just follow some simple rules to make your password..
    I follow these:

    First select a complex phrase (default password) e.g: imk00l-n-smArt
    i hope you can remember 1 phrase no matter how difficult it is.

    Now for each website, where you want to make new account, make another phrase which you can get from domain name of the website.. for example in case of facebook i can make: FB or fcbk or FK and add this to my default password.. you can add some separator as well.

    so my password facebook is “imk00l-n-smArt-fcbk”

    You should have a consistent formula for how you get 2nd phrase of your password. FB, fcbk and FK for facebook are 3 different methods which can be applied to any website..

    and remember to never share your formula with anyone in the world!

    I am not saying this is the best formula. It can be improved but using apps is just not tolerable. Why use apps for every single thing we do in life? And apps are as vulnerable as any other software.

    • yes you are right. We can generate random words or phrases from our own mind. These are more memorable without opening that password generating apps again & again or installing browser extensions of these Pwd managers on each and every PC/device we use. Yes one thing you could do if you forget the passwords you should use these kind of apps just to store them and whenever you forget a password you can remember it from there. But I prefer making phrases from my own not that random numbers from pwd generators.

    • I agreed with your technique but I’ve done more than this. I’ve created my
      own password manager app in VB6 for my personal Windows PC as I’ve more than 90 accounts of different websites. It stores all login IDs, passwords and web URLs into an access database, having features like open, edit, delete, add new, copy to clipboard n paste into website’s textbox (copy Id, copy password) so no need to remember a single ID/password, hide or show password in app, login screen for app itself, quick backup of database file to user-defined backup folder etc. The app login master password is stored in MD5 hashed (128bit) which is a one-way encryption. The access database file is password-protected, though it’s not unbreakable. I’ve just made it for my personal use.


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