How To Choose A Smarter Password [Infographic]

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The majority of Australians still suck at password creation. Chances are, you either use a bunch of different passwords that are easy to remember (and therefore, easy to crack) or one "tricky" password that you use for everything. From a security perspective, both are terrible options.

If you fall into one of the flimsy camps above, this in-depth infographic will help turn your email into a digital Fort Knox. It contains a multitude of tips consolidated into one image - including essential dos and dont's.

We've covered most of these tips in years past - from the strengths of multi-word phrases over gibberish to investing in a password management service. But it's nice to have it all in one place.

This graphic lays out everything you need to know about smart password management in easy-to-understand language. In other words, there's no longer any excuse for '123456' - which is still the most common password on the internet. Sort it out, people!

Can't read the infographic properly? Click here for an enlarged version.

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[Via Killer Infographics]


Comments

    correcthorsebatterystaple

    I look forward to their follow up:

    Infographics
    What makes a good infographic?

    1. People can read it.

    That's a very poorly designed infographic. It's hideous to try and read. Choosing a password isn't that difficult. Phrases are good, but the example above of "flUffYthEmAgnIfIcEnt" is going to be impossible to remember.
    The best advice is:
    1. use a good password manager.
    You don't need to memorise every password. For the few passwords that you have to memorise, don't use common or obvious words and make it a decent length. For the important ones, turn on two-factor authentication if its offered.
    2. Most password hacks these days come via stolen info from companies like Yahoo (for example). All you're protected by there is the strength of their hashing mechanism and their (generally) bad reporting of breaches. Change it regularly if it's important.
    3. Stop reading blog posts like this that overdramatise what is a very simple process.

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