How to build a better password
Consumed => “Tool Kit: How to Devise Passwords That Drive Hackers Away” by Nicole Perlroth on NY Times.
It would help if there was an industry standard for length allowed, as well as which characters were considered valid. At least then, if you used some sort of formula that you kept in your head, you wouldn’t have to keep track of multiple versions of that formula. For example, some sites seem to allow shift characters (e.g., $, #, etc.) while others do not. Having to remember which is which only complicates the process.
Another helpful solution would be to add a second password. Kind of like a PIN number, if you will. Two unknowns to crack has to be more difficult than just one.
The reason people use the same password is because it’s far too difficult to do otherwise. You’d think by now there would be a better way. Unfortunately, those who need to solve the problem are not the ones who are most often effected by it. Or so it seems.