Choosing a password

Employees in a company are generally forced to avoid easily stolen passwords. But hard-to-guess passwords that are most often used are not always hard to type as well, and therefore may be vulnerable to prying eyes.

Jacek Kopecky wrote: “When creating a password I choose random keys that are easy to write — alternating the fingers and trying it out. The commonly used passwords, even historical ones, are completely in my muscle memory.

This is also a fairly good defense against shoulder surfers trying to see what I’m typing — I type it very fast, usually sans mistakes, and it’s random enough that a looking person won’t get it.”

You can also use passphrases to create a strong password. Use a poetry line or a quotation that noone except you knows. To make a passphrase more complicated, replace the letters with appropriate symbols, for example type 1N&I@nA J8ne$ instead of “indiana jones”.

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