Weak Passwords: Are You Making It Too Easy For Criminals?

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The password to your online account is like the key to your front door. How strong are your passwords? We’ll address some troubling facts about weak passwords and what you can do to make them stronger.

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14 thoughts on “Weak Passwords: Are You Making It Too Easy For Criminals?

  1. I notice you didn’t mention including Special Characters or the length of a Password as strengthening factors. I use an 18-character Password with a mix of Upper and Lower Case letters, numbers, and Special Characters, and change it every month. I tested it on an Internet app that shows how long it takes a PC to crack a Password, and it came up with a result of 10 Decillion Years.

  2. Even if you prefer simple pw’s, all you need to do is edit them and add a few characters. So, my name bobprice becomes bob###price.
    Very effective.

  3. I used Roboform allready before their connection with Zonealarm and I am very happy with that product. It enables me to manage my more than 250 passwords in a very reliable way!

  4. Just checked your RoboForm and it says the following as system requirements …
    Microsoft® Windows® 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP, Server 2003, or Vista.

    Presumably this means that it won’t work on WIN 7 … RIght ?

    Please let me know !

    God bless!

    DrMike

    • Thanks for letting us know. Roboform, in our partner store, should be at least Windows 7 compatible. We’re double checking right now.

  5. I have been using Roboform gor several years and sroblgy recommend it – easy to use, you only need to remember your master password; and it will generate passwprds for you.

  6. Hi,

    I don’t use Roboform and have no intention of doing so. I use my memory. I can almost hear the cries of don’t be stupid how can you remember a ten character password. The answer is yes you can and it‘s easy, but ten is not enough. Fourteen is not enough! Sadly I have to confess to using, on occasion, software to crack forgotten passwords. No system is fool-proof and fourteen can be cracked. You need a password of around seventeen characters and that includes letters and numbers, the pound sign, the dollar , asterisk, brackets etc. Regrettably this combination of characters is the hardest to remember but for simpler combinations there is a solution.

    Regards,
    L.

  7. Why doesn’t Zone Alarm offer Large Software Password Manager program anymore? You sold it a few years ago and it was great.

  8. To prevent hackers automatic programs from trying dozens of passwords to gain access, why couldn’t websites just deny access for 5 minutes after receiving, say, 10 incorrect password tries?

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