By Naked Security writer Mark Stockley
As a seasoned (some would say ‘power’) user you know how demanding good password selection can be – there are so many different things to consider.
It’s a statement and a public performance; a password is a micro-haiku that lets the office newbie know they’re playing with the big boys when you hand them that careworn yellow post-it.
It’s precious and you want to get it right because you only get one.
YOLOAYORNOPNMWTAGIIS* as they say.
Nothing says “I’m logical and good with numbers” like 123456 but is that really the real you? Where do your loyalties lie?
Your head says pet’s name but your heart says sports team + championship winning year.
And what about humour? Rude words are straight-up funny but the self-mocking, recursive genius of choosing password as your password is just so hard to pass up.
And then there’s security. You’ve seen Swordfish and you made it through one and half episodes of Mr Robot. You know what’s what. You want people to think you care about security so you’re going to have to ruin that perfectly good password by putting a number on the end of it.
It’s a minefield wrapped in another minefield surrounded by a minefield and, frankly, you could do without it.
Thankfully help is at hand. We’ve put our heads together and come up with a simple and easy to understand, cut-out-and-keep guide to choosing impeccable passwords.
*You Only Live Once And You Only Need One Password No Matter What That Awkward Guy in IT Said.