The future of passwords

An Age report into the future of passwords is interesting reading.

Looking for a safe password? You can give HQbgbiZVu9AWcqoSZmChwgtMYTrM7HE3ObVWGepMeOsJf4iHMyNXMT1BrySA4d7 a try. Good luck memorising it.

Sixty-three random alpha-numeric characters — in this case, generated by an online password generator — are as good as it gets when it comes to securing your virtual life.

But as millions of internet users have learned the hard way, no password is safe when hackers can, and do, pilfer them en masse from banks, email services, retailers or social media websites that fail to fully protect their servers.

Security experts widely agree on two core principles: make your passwords as long as possible, mixing up words with some numbers and symbols, and never ever use the same password for more than one website.

Beyond that, just cross your fingers and pray that the website you’re using is doing all it can at its end to protect the mental keys to your virtual world.

As someone who had their account hacked recently, I believe that password security is something that we don’t really take seriously until our account/s are compromised. Don’t wait for it to happen to you.

Read the whole report here.

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