Unless you have a good head for random letter-number strings, you will likely base your password on words in common usage. This improves the chances of your password being guessed by a hacker. If that word is publicly associated with you, those chances increase at a steep incline. Therefore, if you use something as moronic as your child or dog’s name as your password, the probability of a first-time guess approaches 1.
Stay off the beaten track Given the choice of towns, cities and main roads or open fields and dirt tracks, you gotta go country every time. I’m a city boy, born and bred in Cardiff, so I haven’t the first clue what to do in a field full of sheep. But there aren’t many cameras out in the Welsh valleys and not many folks to spot you. That said, there are fewer strangers about too, so don’t just march into the local and order a pint.
“Look, Amy, can I call you ba—” “I was looking for his voice emulation software by his download history,” she began and he realised she was completely oblivious to his protests. “He visited National Rail Enquiries half an hour ago. He’s moving, Bryn.” Suddenly, Eleanor was a genius and Bryn was declaring himself a convert. “Listen up,” he said, voice carrying across the whole office. “The killer’s looking at train times. We need to get to Central Station.”
Letters, numbers, symbols: Services are demanding more and more conditions for your passwords. Uppercase letters, special characters, 8-16 characters – by imposing these rules, they hope to make your password more secure. In fact, they are driving more people to write down their passwords in an effort to remember. This is, of course, very stupid.