[Updated on September 21, 2015 – Editor]


When you keep your software up to date, back your data up regularly, and maintain constant vigilance, the next big security challenge is passwords. There are two distinct problems to be solved: how to create good passwords, and how to store them. I’m going to tackle these two problems separately, one per article, starting with the thorny question of what makes a good password.

There are a-million-and-one possible schemes and strategies for generating passwords, and everyone has their favourites. My aim isn’t to tell you what you should do, but to arm you with the knowledge to be able to tell the difference between a good strategy and a bad one. Only then will I suggest one possible approach you might consider trying.

We need to start by defining what we mean by a good password. Well, I hear you say, a good password is a strong password. Okay, then what does strong mean? What matters is how hard your password is to guess. If attackers starts with no knowledge, how long is it likely to take them to guess your password?

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John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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