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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