For the last decade, we’ve been told to make obscure passwords to keep our data safe. NeverM1Nd!, the advice was bad.
Researchers have now proven that a password such as “Tr0ub4dor&3” would take only three days to crack. If we used four-word phrases, such as “correct horse battery staple,” it would take 550 years to crack. It’s clear that it is the length of the password that matters, not the special characters.
So I, along with many others, are now strongly encouraging you to drop passwords and move to long pass phrases. Use four unrelated words that are simple for you to remember for any highly sensitive sites, such as email or banking.
Let me remind you that you can solve most of your password challenges by using a tool such as Lastpass.com which generates and stores your passwords for you. You only need to remember your one password to unlock the rest. Just be sure that one is a four-word phrase that you won’t forget.
Dale is a business leader who is best known for providing business-focused I.T. leadership. He believes technology is not limited to increasing efficiency, but is essential to driving revenue. Dale strongly believes having great people is the critical ingredient to success no matter how great your technology might be.
Known to many in the promotional products industry as a leading technologist, Dale is using his mix of business and technology to help drive the industry forward. One of the leaders and founders of the PromoStandards effort, Dale and others are working hard to address industry inefficiencies. Dale also is a board member of PPAI through 2018.