Readers Speak Out- Creating a Hard-to-Crack Passwords

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A couple of readers had comments on my article about using song lyrics to generate a password:

“In using the password generator as you show by creating one using your favorite song, for example, my very favorite is Amazing Grace. Since this is a universal popular song, wouldn’t it be super easy to crack, even if you use capital letters and lower case letters throughout plus adding a year or symbols at the end? Just a thought before I try that combination. Thanks for all your fantastic tips.”

Remember that most of the time, it’s a program and not a person trying to crack your password and they’re just running through sequences. But if the person or program cracking the password knew that this was your method, they might have a leg up on guessing. But you could always go for a more obscure song or an obscure verse.

While a lot of people know “Amazing grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me,” other verses like, “The Earth shall soon dissolve like snow The sun forbear to shine” are a bit less known.

Of course, your very best bet is to enable multi-factor authentication or biometric identification if your device has that as an option.

Another reader added, “That’s great for one password. What if I have over 100 different passwords?”

That would give you an entire Hot 100 to run through. Could be doable if you’re a music fan. But you certainly don’t have to use it for everything.

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