World Password Day 2016

Today is World Password Day. Happening on the first Thursday of May every year, World Password Day is a celebration to promote better password habits.
One good password habit is to change your password every now and then. Yeap, if you are free, you should spend some time today to change all your passwords. And make sure you don’t reuse them for all the accounts you have.
Few weeks ago, I was attending a talk on cybersecurity. The speaker told us that a good password should be at least 8 characters long, contains upper and lower case, alphanumeric and special characters. I hope he didn’t notice my eyes rolling.
I’m surprised that even a IT security expert falls for this myth. Everyone thought that this is a good password practice. It is not. I think XKCD can explain it better than anyone.
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In short, a good password is a long password that you can easily remember. Password with 4 random words that doesn’t make any sense together is a much stronger password than password with upper/lower case, special characters and numbers. And it is much easier to remember too.

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