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How To Create Safe Passwords–It’s Easy!

David Lindsey

by | November 12th, 2014


It’s well known that hackers use brute force computing to quickly crack our passwords and steal our private information. A lot has been written about this, but now I’ve got a handy tool for you to guarantee that your password will be secure.

I first read about this tool in the book Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a world of Relentless Surveillance, by Julia Angwin published earlier this year. Angwin was a columnist for The Wall Street Journal for 13 years before joining ProPublica last year as an investigative journalist.

In her book she talks about password entropy which, in terms of passwords, is the strength of a password’s protection against hackers. The higher the entropy the stronger the word and the longer it takes hackers to crack it. She provides a link to a password entropy estimator which lets you type in your password and it calculates the length of time it would take a hacker’s powerful computer to crack the word. The estimator also tells you how the password would be cracked as you type the word.

Try it. You’ll become addicted to creating safer passwords, and you’ll have fun doing it!

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David Lindsey

David L. Lindsey is an American novelist, working primarily in the mystery, thriller, and spy genres. He has published fourteen novels in a writing career spanning 25 years.

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