As processing power has multiplied, so too has the ease at which a brute
force attack can crack the password to your computer. What ever you do, don't use common words that can be
hacked with a
dictionary attack .

### ...and now for something truly scary

Tags: passwords, security, anagrams, computer
security, special characters, secure passwords- Consider a four-letter password, all lowercase "abcd" for example. There are
26 letters in the alphabet so there are (26 * 26 * 26 * 26) = 456,976 possibilities. That is not much of a
challenge for a computer to crack.
- If we mix upper case (A-Z) and lower case (a-z) we get (52 * 52 * 52* 52) =
7,311,616 possibilities. That's better but still pretty easy for a computer to crack.
- If we add digits (0-9) to the mix we get (62 * 62 * 62 * 62) or 14,776,336
possibilities.
- By adding special characters to the mix ([email protected]#$%^&*+-:"<>?/\|) we can
increase the possibilities to 92 or so. This gives us (92 * 92 * 92 * 92) = 71,639,296.
- Increasing the number of characters in your password goes a long way toward
creating computer security. Using the above example with 8 characters we get (92 * 92 * 92 * 92 * 92 * 92 * 92 * 92) =
5,132,188,731,375,616 possibilities.
- The problem is, trying to remember something like Mfcc$960 is difficult.
Remembering the name of the street, or your mother's name is easy but not secure. This is where anagrams help.
- Think of a sentence. For this example we'll use " My first car cost $960".
If we use the first letter of each word along with the special characters and digits we get Mfcc$960.