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How to use strong password and keep it safe

I strongly suggest that you use password managers like LastPass to store all your login credentials.

Then you only need to remember one master password for the password manager account.

Also use good internet security like Kaspersky, Bitdefender, ESET, Trend Micro.

You need to use a strong master password.

But memorizing a strong password is not easy. Most people can remember pronounceable words and number.

No problem. You can use easy to remember words and number . I will tell you how to make it stronger so that other cannot guess it or crack it.

 

suppose you can remember words like “dragon warrior” and a number like “49637”.

Now I will tell you how to create a very strong password just by using these two by formatting and repeating it.

First, combine it

  • dragonwarrior49637

Format it like this

  • |dragon||warrior||49637|

Further, expand it by repeating the characters like this

  • |dDdrRraAagGgoOonNn||wWwaAarRrrRriIioOorRr||444999666333777|

You can further format it like this

  • ####$$$$|dDdrRraAagGgoOonNn||wWwaAarRrrRriIioOorRr||444999666333777|$$$$####

You can use the above text as password which a very strong password.

Similarly, you can create your own formatting technique that you like and can remember it.

Here are more examples of strongly formatted passwords using “dragonwarrior49637”

  • +++++[[[[[dDrRaAgGoOnN]]]]][[[[[wWaArRrRiIoOrR]]]]][[[[[499666333377777]]]]]+++++
  • $[dragon]$[DRAGON]$[warrior]$[WARRIOR]$[49637]$[49637]$
  • (—–d—–r—–a—–g—–o—–n—–)(—–w—–a—–r—–r—–i—–o—–r—–)(—–4—–9—–6—–3—–7—–)
  • |||||<d><r><a><g><o><n>#####<w><a><r><r><i><o><r>#####<4><9<>6<>3<>7>|||||
  • =====DDDDragoNNNN^^^^WWWWarrioRRRR^^^^44449637777=====

Similary you can create many strong passwords that are easy to remember.

Don’t use too complex formatting otherwise you will forget it.

 

Create lengthy password using cryptographics hash software

If you can remember only easy to remember password then this method can help creating a strong password

For this you will require VSCryptoHash  software. Download and install it.

VSCryptoHash Download link  :  http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Encrypting/Calculator-of-Cryptographic-Hash.shtml

 

What you need to remember

  1. An easy password that you can remember
  2. The type of hash used : SHA-3 (512-bit)

 

DEMO

Here i have used easy to remember password : tomahawkmissile

Hash type :  SHA-3 (512-bit)

  • Select SHA-3 (512-bit) as hash type.
  • Enter the easy password in Input data as text
  • Click “calculate hash”
  • As you can see below a lengthy  “HEX Hash value (SHA3 (512)) ” has been calculated

 

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Now you can use this lengthy hash value as password instead of easy password “tomahawkmissle”

Lengthy password   6BC4D708E041136BE68766FDA7A8272193BBA11394AD70693A06C7CB9D327E6BD495EEE6E6B166BAF30F1EAF5C046FBB5053B26CD4FF54EA2807A22D8C020C87

this 128 character long password. So anyone trying to crash this lengthy password will fail.

 

2)  Use other hash algorithm

Instead of SHA 3 (512-bit)  you can use other hash algorithm also.

 

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  • Depending on the hash algorithm you use, the output HEX hash value size will change.

 

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3)  Creating lengthy password using iterating the hash

What you need to remember

  • An easy password that you can remember
  • The type of hash used : SHA-3 (512-bit)
  • The number of times you iterated

 

Demo

  • Easy to remember password : tomahawkmissle
  • Hash type :  SHA-3 (512-bit)
  • The number of times to iterate  :  4

 

Iteration number 1

  • Set Input data as text : tomahawkmissle
  • Set hash type : SHA-3 (512-bit)
  • Click “calculate hash” to create a hash value
  • Click “copy hash value” next to the HEX hash value to copy the password in clipboard

Lenghty password generated  :  6BC4D708E041136BE68766FDA7A8272193BBA11394AD70693A06C7CB9D327E6BD495EEE6E6B166BAF30F1EAF5C046FBB5053B26CD4FF54EA2807A22D8C020C87

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Iteration no. 2

  • Use the previously generated HEX hash value as “input data as text”
  • Click “Clear entered data” to clear all the data
  • Paste the copied previous HEX value in the “input data as text”
  • Click “calculate hash” to generate fourth Hex Hash Value
  • Click “copy hash value” next to the HEX hash value to copy the password in clipboard

Lenghty password generated  :  646A3BC18DA8A73B8461F52138AFC01C3F8F7300F14AC0A9273C1648113AF5807143EDA8E42C9FE870090F6B2964D6C0BEF1F9D3A56082B6DA5BC06473BC5A5D

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Iteration no. 3

  • Use the previously generated HEX hash value as “input data as text”
  • Click “Clear entered data” to clear all the data
  • Paste the copied previous HEX value in the “input data as text”
  • Click “calculate hash” to generate fourth Hex Hash Value
  • Click “copy hash value” next to the HEX hash value to copy the password in clipboard

Lenghty password generated  :    C8D0733DB68928E7EC22B2AD5298CAE27ED3FF924A4B4D4FD78554BEDE8B70CCC1392E2224408AFC4D5B5AF935584CE875F95E5B0D1A5990803C2A82A5AE54F2

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Iteration no. 4

  • Use the previously generated HEX hash value as “input data as text”
  • Click “Clear entered data” to clear all the data
  • Paste the copied previous HEX value in the “input data as text”
  • Click “calculate hash” to generate fourth Hex Hash Value
  • Click “copy hash value” next to the HEX hash value to copy the password in clipboard

Lenghty password generated  :  571AEE3F20C70360FB3CDB2A226D78ED9EC02E314187EC5E733CD15E77C92B947BF53E46E38B200589D2C941705A5FFF573EFFC53A9258A91B2B8A625CA4FFC9

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Now that four iterations are over, you can use the fourth HEX hash value as lengthy generated password which is 571AEE3F20C70360FB3CDB2A226D78ED9EC02E314187EC5E733CD15E77C92B947BF53E46E38B200589D2C941705A5FFF573EFFC53A9258A91B2B8A625CA4FFC9

 

 4) You can use tricks to make it even more difficult to for someone to guess the password

You may use various tricks. But just don’t forget what trick you have used or else you won’t be able to recover the lengthy password.

Use may use only part of the lengthy password

  • Example : You may use only “AE6AD23F446310D777C25300EF14BF2C7939F2505B63A4E46ED98CF498F513E274EA99E48632DB” as password instead of whole HEX hash value by cutting out “CAFA0CE29D7E5DDACAB1ED2A6A732778EED71C14CE4CD9E301” from it.

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You may combine two or more algorithm

You may two or more hash algorithm to create a final lengthy password.

Do not forget the order in which you used the has algorithm

Example :  I am using two hash algorithm

  1. WHIRLPOOL
  2. SHA 3(512-bit)
  • First WHIRLPOOL (512-bit) has been used

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  • Second SHA-3 (512-bit) is used
  • use the previously calculated HEX hash value as “input data as text”
  • Finally calculated HEX hash value to be used a lengthy password :    4AA94A7927B24A6D0EA0A96903E0FF8C4190A6FBE3B51965A213CEE1FC92333CD696AB3D0BF97B974F1BC17CA18170AE12EF08E6AA90D92BD8E8720A1A46F713

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Create a strong password that are easy to remember

A strong password is must to provide strong security to your online login credential. But the problem is the strongest password is difficult to remember. Also using simple password is not good because it can be cracked very easily. The more long a password is the more strong it is.

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  • Combine many words and numbers to many a long and strong password. Like combine “Callofduty” , “mercedes“, “ihopethisisstrongpassword” to make a long password “Callofdutymercedesihopethisisstrongpassword“. Also add a number to it if possible. Like add “64890” to get “Callofdutymercedesihopethisisstrongpassword64890“. All the words and numbers are easy to remember and when combined creates very strong password. The more difficult the word the more difficult it gets to guess it. Like one can easily guess that you may have used words like “callofduty” and “mercedes” because these are famous games and brand. So use less popular words and sentences. You may use quotes to make strong password. Like “If something sounds too good to be true it is probably false.”
  • Make you password more difficult to guess. By changing words “callofduty” to “CaLlOfDuTy” you can make it more difficult to guess. Odd letters are in capital. Thus making “Callofdutymercedesihopethisisstrongpassword64890” to “CaLlOfDuTyMeRcEdEsIhOpEtHiSiSsTrOnGpAsSwOrD64890
  • You may also go like this by changing words “callofdutyihopethisisstrongpassword” to “CALLofDUTYiHOPEthisISstrongPASSWORD“.
  • You may also change words like this by repeating letter to specified no of times. Change “callofduty” to “ccccaaaallllooooffffdddduuuuttttyyyy“.
  • You may repeat letters in words in increasing fashion. Change “callofduty” to “caallloooofffffdddddduuuuuuuttttttttyyyyyyyyy
  • You may also repeat numbers to specified times. Like change “84790” to “888444777999000“.
  • You may repeat numbers in increasing fashion. Like change “84790” to “844777999900000
  • You may mix numbers and words. Like mix “callofduty” to “84790” to create “c8a4l7l9o0fduty“.
  • Use some letters of phrases and quotes. Like from “If something sounds too good to be true it is probably false” take first letter of every word which makes “isstgtbtiipf“.
  • Use symbols instead of number. Replace number “84790” with symbols “*$&()” which correspond to that number in keyboard.
  • Play more with keyboard. Replace number with symbols before or after that number. replace number “84790” with symbol before that number “&#^*(” or with symbol after that number “(%8)_“.
  • Just repeat the word. Repeat word “mercedes” to “mercedesmercedesmercedesmercedes” .

A good password is required to have letters in both lower and upper case, numbers and symbols. Also the length must be large than 12 characters.

Say I can remember only “mercedes” and number “87402“. I change “mercedes” to “MeRcEdEs“,  and get symbol associated with number before “87402” which is “&^#(!“. Thus making final password “MeRcEdE87402&^#(!” which is difficult to guess or crack.

CHECK HOW STRONG YOUR PASSWORD IS