Creating Strong Passwords

Fajar Purnama
2 min readApr 5, 2020

Why a strong password is needed?

Simple answer: to prevent being hack (easy password can be hack using bruteforce method). For example https://medium.com/@0fajarpurnama0/simple-password-bruteforce-demonstration-using-hydra-884dc8448686.

Elaborated answer: to prevent unintended access to your accounts because:

  • The can lock you out from your own account.
  • Impersonate you like in social media to destroy your reputation.
  • Steal confidential information or at least your privacy.
  • Steal your funds if you have some sort of electronic money.
  • In summary, lose everything electronically and maybe even worse as time passes.
Check your email whether it has been pawned or not: https://haveibeenpwned.com

In my opinion a strong password:

  1. Contains small letters (a,b,c,d…).
  2. Contains capital letters (A,B,C,D…).
  3. Contains numbers (1,2,3,4…).
  4. Contains symbol ($,<,>,?,+,+…).

For additional super strong password:

  • More than 6 characters.
  • Symbols not on keyboard (ALT+1265=±).
  • Words not in dictionary.
  • Starts with symbols.
  • End with symbols.

Password Example

Example of strong password: My8.oP.

Example of super strong password: ╥F0r.m3-w4T1ng<f0R>YoU╝

If you doubt your previous password, check them whether they have been pawned or not: https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords. If you are sure, then don’t bother because by putting it will add your password to the website’s database or cache.

Disclaimer

Although you have a strong password, it does not protect you from social engineering. For example, clicking on a suspicious link, opening a suspicious attachment, running a suspicious programming, entering your password on a fake login page because you didn’t double…

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