The Secrets Behind Passwords : Is Yours Secure?

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Simple questions like “What is your wedding anniversary? What your dog’s name? You have two children. Can you give me their birth dates?” can easily tell someone what’s your password and all your secrets.

Passwords do more than protect data. They protect dreams, secrets, fears and even clues to troubled pasts, and for some, they serve as an everyday reminder of what matters most. Passwords reflect deeper meaning our hopes, dreams, fears, and memories. Passwords unlock more than our accounts, they unlock our secret world.

“Passwords are a window to what matters to us in a most personal sense. They are not like anniversaries or like significant public landmarks in our lives like weddings or children being born. Instead, they are the things that may matter only to us. And so it is a loss of intimacy with our past that we sacrifice by ceasing to remember,” stated

We construct them so that we will remember them, they take on secret lives. Many of our passwords are suffused with pathos, mischief, sometimes even poetry. Often they have rich back stories. A motivational mantra, a swipe at the boss, a hidden shrine to a lost love, an inside joke with us, a defining emotional scar. These keepsake passwords are a picture of our inner lives. They derive from anything: Scripture, horoscopes, nicknames, lyrics, and book passages, stated nytimes.

“If passwords do become a thing of the past, there is something that we will lose as a result. Our daily encounters with personal memories, which have no place to be recalled elsewhere in our lives will cease to be present,” stated by Andymiah.

The biggest mistakes in passwords:

  1. Birth date
  2. Anniversary
  3. Children or pets name
  4. Nicknames
  5. Your username

Best passwords to use:

  1. Make up a sentence you can easily remember. Some examples: I have two kids: Jack and Jill. Now take the first letter of every word in the sentence, and include the punctuation. You can throw in extra punctuation, or turn numbers into digits for variety. The above sentences would become:Ih2k:JaJ
  2. .Take a word and reverse spell it, e.g. neighborhood becomes doohrobhgien.
  3. Randomly replace letters with numbers, e.g. flirt becomes fl1r7.
  4. If you’re going to use words or phrases in your password, misspelling them is a great way to make them more difficult to guess. You can do this by adding symbols and numbers in place of letters. For example, if you want to use the phrase “I love soccer” in your password, you should change it to something like “1LuvSoCC3r!1” to make it more secure, stated businessinsider.


“It’s the details that make people distinct, that make them individuals,” stated Howard Lutnick, chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world’s largest financial-services firms.