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About buiding strong passwords.  For my fellow WordPress bloggers

{Cyber Security}

This morning’s most e-mailed article in the on-line version of the New York Times is Nicole Perlroth’s “how to devise passwords that drive hackers away”. It is a somewhat apocalyptic piece that assures you you will get hacked and provides some standard advice (“forget the dictionary”) on constructing and managing strong passwords.


It leaves out my favorite technique: go global.  Use a truly foreign (foreign to you) name, preferably someone you know so you can remember it.   Consider the names of the delegates to the United Nations:

  • Belarus: Zoya Kolontai
  • Bhutan:  Lhatu Wangchuk
  • Brunei Darussalam: Latif Tuah
  • Burundi: Herménégilde Niyonzima

Notice that we have not left countries beginning with the letter B yet and we’ve already got some winners.  If you knew Mr. Niyonzima—and you yourself were not from Burundi, why not use that character string as the basis for a password?  You won’t forget it because you know…

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