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Daily Post: Complicated subject

Take a complicated subject you know more about than most people, and explain it to a friend who knows nothing about it at all.

This is today’s Daily Post Challenge, so I will help some of you out with creating a secure password for your computers. I have many friends who used to use post it notes stuck to the bottom of keyboards, on the monitor. Some made a note on their desktop that listed their various passwords. After all who can remember xyh5Ljq89-iur5st or some other equally mind bending password.

Step one forget about creating a secure password. Yes you read that right, forget about it, don’t even bother. If your office IT guy’s reading this he might need medical attention. Our minds are just not designed to remember random characters and numbers that have to change every so often. Instead create a pass phrase. I know some of you are thinking but we aren’t supposed to use words in a dictionary. Have some patience, it is about to become clearer than mud.

Here is the example I always use for a pass phrase; My first car was a 1977 Chevy Nova that I bought brand new. Now with a little dash of shrinkage, I end up with a password of: Mfcwa1977CNtIbbn.

Plug the created password in at https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/pc-security/password-checker.aspx and you will see it is rated strong. Now I would never remember Mfcwa1977CNtIbbn. However I will always remember my first car. Of course the longer the phrase that you create that is personal to you the stronger the password. So you can now resume giving CPR to the IT person at your company, and then get rid of all those post it notes.

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16 thoughts on “Daily Post: Complicated subject

  1. brilliant. and helpful. well explained. i think you nailed it.

    or to put it another way, bahweityni

  2. I think I’m your that stupid friend who can’t remember even simplest password. What a mind boggling pass word hint. thanks.

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  5. A passphrase is an awesome idea, I’ve never even thought of that! Thanks for the tip 🙂

    Btw, thanks for your recent visit to my blog. Pls don’t forget to leave a 10-word-or-less description of your blog on my new page dedicated to my readers so everyone can know what your blog is about! 😉
    http://yourdailydoseblog.com/2012/10/11/a-page-dedicated-to-my-readers-your-blogs-please-help-me-finish-it-by-describing-your-blog-in-10-words-or-less/

  6. Awesome….going to implement it ASAP…thanks!

  7. Good advice, recently a friend of mine had her fb account hacked. I received a chat message from her, saying that she was visiting Africa and had gotten into trouble and needed money. This person was using info from her FB account and previous posts to pretend it was her. I asked her how she was doing at work and to remind me where she worked. I knew her fb profile listed an old job…and behold, the person mentioned that older job…I immediately contacted a friend of hers and told her that her account was hacked….another friend of hers was about to transfer $800 or so to help “her” out! And she had a silly password….her first and last name! Not anymore 🙂

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  9. It's Me, Zen on said:

    Yes this is good, strong pass with an easy way to remember it’s. thanks

  10. Love your logical style 🙂

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