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Passwords – What are they?

What is a password? A password is a series of numbers or letters in a sequence that when entered will grant you access to a software or system. When you create an account you are prompted for a password to be able to unlock it and gain access to your account. This allows you to use the system.

Another way would be to imagine that you bought a house and were given a key. You go and exchange your generic bland key for a personalized one. Something more fancy and personal. This is in essence what you do when you create your password. You make your own personal key that only you can use when accessing your accounts.

Why is this important to know? Goodquestion. Many people are not aware that passwords can be stolen or guessed.When this happens, people with bad intentions now have full unrestricted toyour account. This is worse when you have a credit card tied to it. Now they controlit. They can change the password and lock you out. The account can be sold to another person.

What do you do about it? Good question. Knowing how to make a strong password will make your account much more secure.

An ideal password would be one that has:

  • 8-12 characters
  • Has at least one number, special character, or capital letter.
  • Isn’t something personal (wife’s birthday, anniversary date, etc.)
  • Can be remembered. 

A good example would be: Tr@pd00rs65%


This password is 12 characters long. Uses a capital letter, special characters, and numbers. It meets minimum requirements for a secure password. 

A bad example would be: molly


This is a bad example because the password can easily be guessed using common methods. It does not have any capital letters, special characters, or numbers. 

Fortune.com has a list of the most common passwords of 2017. Check it out to get an idea of how common these passwords are and how easily someone could break into your account if the password is too easy.

There are websites that can help in creating strong passwords which you can combine with password keepers to createstrong passwords. A good website I use from time to time is passwordwolf.com