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post #11 of 14
Argh I just wrote a few paragraphs and then hit ctrl+r by accident -.-

To sum up what I said before I lost the text is: No one will randomly hack you through brute force or dictionary attack. You are one in a billion internet users. You shouldnt be afraid of people hijacking your accounts unless they are valuable or you use them for very offensive things. Even then the account would have to be on a site with piss poor security to be vulnerable.

I've been using relatively the same passwords for 15 years, and while its not good practice I have nothing to worry about and IF someone did take over my gmail account with my banking and paypal linked to it, they'd still never be able to access them.
post #12 of 14
Measure you junk in inches and make a password longer than that number of characters.
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Uncommon characters are the most secure, for example, a couple of alt codes off the top of my head.

©™, which are alt+696 and alt+0153

That's already a secure password and there's not even any letters in it yet.

©™696+0153

Though, some sites do not allow special characters. So you could go for:

ctm6960153alt

Which is simply what the characters represent.

It's easy to make passwords when you have some memory of things like this.

Hope that helps, sorry if it's not on topic but I've been looking for somewhere relevant to dump this little tip.
Edited by Reflux - 3/28/11 at 10:12pm
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post #14 of 14
Like others have suggested, use a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters/punctuation. Should be common knowledge that you never use any dictionary words.
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