Choosing a good password
A good password should have the following properties:
- At least 8 characters so that the password will be difficult to
guess using a brute-force approach. The minimum length of a
password accepted by KeyPass is 6 characters.
- Include both letters and numbers to make the password even
harder to guess.
- Should not be a normal word that you can find in the
dictionary, otherwise this will make the intruder's job much
- Should not be something personal eg. birth date or wife's name
for the same reason.
- Unless you have photographic memory, the password should not be
completely random eg. "8Hsj3hd5", otherwise you will forget it
The last point runs counter to the other four. For a password to
be easy to remember, it should be familiar in some ways. However,
what is easy for you to remember will also make it easier for a
potential intruder to crack.
Here are some suggestions for meshing together familiar items to
form a password so that the final result will still be easy to
remember, but much harder to guess:
- Take a familiar word and date, and mingle them. For example if
your daughter's name is "Jenny", and her birth date is Jul 2, 1986,
one possible combination is "Jen19860702ny".
- Another possibility is to take a familiar phrase and
number, and mingle them. For example, if your wife' favorite phrase
is "Just kidding!", and your favorite number is 21, one possible
combination is "Just21Kidding".
- Yet another possibility is to take a familiar phrase and
number, and break them both before recombining. For example,
if your favorite singer is Elvis Presley, and your car plate number
is 7623, one possible combination is Elvis76Presley23.
Please remember that your password is case-sensitive. Hence,
"MyPassword" is not equivalent to "mypassword".
There is absolutely no way to recover information from the
encrypted database once your master password is lost! So choose
your password carefully to minimize the chances of forgetting