A Fool’s Guide to Strong Passwords [Infographic]

The Principle of a Strong Password

Two guys crash and are marooned in the desert.  They see a lion in the distance.

At first they are fascinated, they have never seen a real lion before.  This was a special ‘nature is beautiful’ moment.

Then it dawns on them.

This lion is approaching them, and at quite some pace.

One man turns to the other and shouts “run”.

The second man despondently replies – we will never outrun an adult lion, what’s the point?!

“I do not need to outrun the lion” replies the first man, with a 10m head start, “I just need to outrun you.”

Weak Password Examples

Who are the people you are out running exactly?  This BBC report details the top 20 passwords uncovered through the hacking of 30+million Adobe users accounts.  You need to outrun the people that are using any of these:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. password
  4. adobe123
  5. 12345678
  6. qwerty
  7. 1234567
  8. 111111
  9. photoshop
  10. 123123
  11. 1234567890
  12. 000000
  13. abc123
  14. 1234
  15. adobe1
  16. macromedia
  17. azerty
  18. iloveyou
  19. aaaaaa
  20. 654321


Strong Passwords – A Reality Check

To expect your password to be 100% ‘hack-proof’ is to get it all sorts of wrong.  But the point is, your password should not be the weakest point of your information security strategy.

You just need to make sure that you are not one of those people that use the easy to guess passwords above.


Strong Password Strategy – The Key Ingredients

Every strong password shares these key attributes:

  • LONG – at least 8 characters in length, with an average length of 15 characters.
  • COMPLICATED – not just a single word or number sequence
  • CONTAIN AT LEAST SOME GIBBERISH – use some special characters and symbols in your passwords!
  • FREQUENTLY REFRESHED – The optimum refresh rate is about six to eight weeks.


Strong Password Infographic

The infographic below from the clever people over at WhoIsHostingThis is a real eye opener and will help you to develop your own strong passwords in a flash!

how to create strong passwords - infographic

Create Super Strong Passwords

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