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How to create a secure password

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In our time on the internet, there is one thing that is becoming a common sight on all of the web sites that we visit. That is the desire, of the web master, for us to make an account on that site and create a new password to be able to access all of the features of that site. People have two ways that they will attack this problem. They will either create a different but easy to remember password for every site that they go and visit or they will use the same password at every site. A lot of times this password will also be an easy to remember password as well. Both of these solutions are not very good ones and hopefully we will help you find a better way.

The proper procedure in creating a password for a site is to make sure that it is secure. Making it easy to remember is far less important and should be the least of your concerns. We will talk about solutions to that problem later on in this article. There is a reason that a web site will specify the minimum amount of characters that you can use when creating a password. They do not want you to cop out and make an easy one. That leaves both you and their system unsecured. The smallest amount of characters that your password should be is at least eight characters. This will at the very least allow you to have some wiggle room when adding different characters to a word. When we say different characters, we mean the use symbols such as $, or ^, when you are creating your password. This will make it even harder for someone to use a dictionary attack against you. A dictionary attack is when people use a program that will use words out of the dictionary to try to guess your password.

Along with symbols, you will also want to use numbers in your password. Again this makes it even harder to guess and makes the possibilities endless. A good example of what a password should look like is fr$poK98. This is hard to guess and if you follow our next technique will be easy to use.

After making this difficult password you will want to store it somewhere. We advised you to make a new password for every site that you go to, so remembering the suggested type of password on every site may prove to be difficult. There are several solutions to this.

Our first suggestion is to use the browsers password reminder feature. Most modern browsers will have such a feature. This solution should only be used when you are on your own computer at home and do not share it with anybody. If these conditions are not met then forget about this solution. This is not a one hundred percent secured solution but it is pretty close. The main flaw is again if you share this computer or it is a work computer. This will leave you severely exposed.

Our second solution is to use the free, open source software solution known as keepass. This will keep your passwords in an encrypted database that you only have the key to. This will allow you to both share your computer and feel secured at work when visiting sites that need a password. If a person is snooping on your computer or they get hold of your database, they will still not be able to get in it unless they know the keyword. Keepass is an excellent solution to this problem and is highly recommended.

Hopefully we have given you some ideals on how to make a secure password. This is the first step in keeping your online contents secured.

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