FBI’s trick for bad password users: Simple long passwords

Media reported that while the industry is calling for more secure passwords, things like “password123” and “1234” are still the most used passwords, even when it comes to protecting sensitive information such as e-mail and bank accounts. And those who insist on using these bad passwords claim that choosing a more complex combination of passwords is harder for them to remember, and the FBI has decided to come up with a series of recommendations to help solve the problem.

FBI's trick for bad password users: Simple long passwords

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The FBI says Internet users should consider using long passwords that are easier to remember but make it harder for hackers to crack. The agency says the longer the password, the lower the chance of being blacked out. “Instead of using a short, complex, hard-to-remember password, consider using a longer password. This involves combining multiple words into long strings of at least 15 characters. The extra length of the password makes it harder to crack and makes it easier for you to remember,” the agency explains.

Although the FBI doesn’t seem to like password manager very much, it recommends that users check it out. “The disadvantage of using a password butler is that if an attacker breaks your vault password, he or she knows all the passwords for all your accounts. But many IT professionals believe that the benefits of password-managing programs far outweigh the risks.

According to data released by SplashData in December, “123456” was the worst password used in 2019, followed by “123456789,” “qwerty” and “password.”