But before we dive into that let’s go back to some rules:
DO NOT DO THESE RULES
Firstly, do not use personal information that the world knows about you, this includes anything that has to do with your family friends and colleagues – that includes names, pets, hobbies etc. – and any date that has to do with those mentioned above.
Secondly, do not use too many characters in the categories selected in the photo below:
Do not use a password in another account that includes you removing and replacing some characters to say that you have created a new phrase/password. An example is shown below:
Lastly, do not use any common passwords or words out there
All this surmounts the phrase “think outside the box” because a cracking software does not do that, it just takes command. Of course, an AI – Artificial Intelligence – can think outside the box but if your enemy is at that capability then you as a person need tight security.
MAKING PROPER MASTER PASSWORDS
Alright, enough with the advice, let us get going on the road to making a sophisticated super strong password.
Firstly, you need to consider the length of the password. The recommended password length for business purposes is between 25 and 64. I know 64 is a huge number but considering the speed of your attackers cracking code and the encryption you are using that is a considerable number.
Don’t forget that you can choose 25 if you are not too concerned about being attacked. But I’ll love to advise professionals in most if not all fields to use 40 as a benchmark. If 40 is too much then 35 but not less than that.
From the above picture you will notice that the middle keys are isolated, why is that? Have you noticed that when typing your hands tend to use most of the left and right keys but less of the middle keys?
I’ll recommend you to use the keyboard field evenly when creating your master password or any password for that matter. This also includes the characters above sticking with the numbers and those at the extreme right.
Now that we are done with arrangements we’ll jump into the heart of the matter – password content. This purely depends on you. Use something personal only to you but alien to others in a way that even when they keep guessing the password or sentence in our case, they will fail to name even a phrase.
I know that this is tricky, trust me when I was creating one for myself I got confused. Let’s use an example:
Mr PX likes entertainment companies iQIYI and WeTV, show/TV companies like CBS, VIU and CCTV, business companies Unilever, Lenovo and Daewoo, manufacturing companies Dangote, Mitsubishi and Oracle, book series Hunger Games, Chronicles of Narnia, Journey to the West and Lord of the Rings, sports companies Adidas and ESPN & perfume brand Dolce and Gabbana.
Mr PX takes his favourite line from a series or two from this list, mixes it to his taste as a sentence, adds some numbers and includes special characters into them and bam – you have a unique password.
Take note that the categories mentioned are just the surface of what the public knows about Mr PX not the specific because only Mr PX knows that.
FORMING THE PASSWORD
Now let’s pick a password from the previous list.
Yeceleng,kimheeah+MichealBurnham are loyal to the^goodOFALL
Now, this is just raw data that needs to be modified.
Because this is an example, we’ll not dwell much on it.
If you research each phrase, you will notice that this is only from an entertainment series from one Entertainment Company and two from two shows from show/TV companies CBS and VIU.
And we just used media for this example. What if we use multiples from multiple things Mr PX likes.
Note that each of these companies has more than 30 shows/TV series which consists of numerous character names, character types, fictional venues and technologies. Also, note that we did not use all the resources listed above. Making a super-strong password can be done in this manner.
THAT IS WHY I SAID EARLIER THAT MAKING A SUPER-STRONG PASSWORD IS ALIEN-LIKE. IT’S QUITE SIMPLE BUT SOPHISTICATED. SOMETHING PERSONAL BUT NOT PERSONAL.