Doug Bedell — June 7, 2013, 11:49 am

Cyber Protection: Passwords as Encrypted Sentences

Bruce Schneier contributes advice on creating security passwords that will be hard to crack. Coming up with staunch passwords is  becoming harder as lists of commonly used password sequences grow.

So, Schneier returns to advice he provided in 2008 – turn sentences into passwords. “Something like ‘This little piggy went to market,'” he demonstrates, “might become ‘tlpWENT2m’. That nine-character password won’t be in anyone’s dictionary. Of course, don’t use this one, because I’ve written about it. Choose your own sentence — something personal.”

There’s still the problem of remembering all your passwords (with their upper and lower case and numerical characters); they can become truly numerous. And that makes deciding on a good password manager important, too. There’s also the problem of having  your passwords readily available on all your digital tools… desktop computer, cellphone and tablet, say. But at least would-be intruders will have a lot harder time with your unique protective “sentences”.

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