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Password formula, just in time for world password day

IT’S WORLD PASSWORD DAY!
 

Using a password formula
I can hear you now; “wait a minute, you are the the franchise sales guys! Why are you writing about cyber security?  It’s simple; regardless of your line of work, cyber security is important to you.

If you are a franchisor, you likely protect your franchisee’s bank account information, credit card information, SSN, etc. with a password. If you are a franchisee, you likely protect your franchisor’s intellectual property, as well as your employee’s personal information, with a password.
BESIDES, IT’S WORLD Password day!
We all use them, and most people’s passwords are simply not safe. Why? There are four steps to a secure password, and I am of the opinion that, for most people, following them is impossible. This article talks about those steps, why they are unrealistic, and, most importantly, gives a solution.
So what’s the solution already?
If you don’t want a little education on passwords and some 90’s Angelina Jolie history, however, feel free to  jump down to the solution, a password formula, if you want. Also, if you want to know more about world password day, cyber security, and other things you can do to besides using a password formula, check out Intel’s World Password Day site.

 
The Four Steps to a secure password
Step 1: Make it unique
This one seems obvious, but many people don’t even take this simple precaution. How do I know? Because many hacks and password dumps have shown that the top five passwords in use today are “password”, “123456”, “12345678”, “1234”, and “qwerty”.  Now, for a little history, we can swing back to 1995 when the movie Hackers taught us that the top 4 passwords were “love,” “secret,” “god,” and  “sex”.

 

Of course, clever […]

Secure passwords through a password formula

Note: This is kind of a long article. If you just want to know how to make a unique, secure password for every site you log into, jump down to The solution
Using a password formula
So you might be wondering why a franchise blog is writing about passwords. After all, almost all of our posts talk about how to franchise a business in some way. It’s simple; regardless of your line of work, cyber security is important to you. If you are a franchisor, you likely protect your franchisees bank account information, credit card information, SSN, etc. with a password. If you are a franchisee, you likely protect your franchisor’s intellectual property, as well as your employee’s personal information, with a password. We all use them, and most people’s passwords are simply not safe. Why? There are four steps to a secure password, and I am of the opinion that, for most people, following them is impossible. Chances are you already know the four steps, so feel free to skim and then jump down to the solution if you want.
Step 1: Make it unique
This one seems obvious, but many people don’t even take this simple precaution. How do I know? Because many hacks and password dumps have shown that the top five passwords in use today are “password”, “123456”, “12345678”, “1234”, and “qwerty”. Of course, clever individuals do letter/symbol or letter/number substitution, so that “password” becomes “p@55w0rd”. This was a decent solution 10 years ago, but now this is so common that many dictionary hacking programs will try p@55w0rd before they try password! Now, to go truly unique, many people are recommending password phrases. A pass phrase would typically be something that is meaningful to […]