It is much better to compose passwords for online accounts consisting of three random words than to create complex combinations of letters, numbers and symbols, according to UK government experts.
In a related blogpost, the “National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)” stated a three-word system creates passwords that are easy to remember. In addition, it creates unusual letter combinations, which means that it is powerful enough to keep online accounts safe from cybercriminals.
On the contrary, any complex passwords can be found insufficient, as cybercriminals can “guess” their composition using special software.
According to the agency, hackers target predictable strategies that are meant to make passwords more complex, such as overwritten (O) with (0) (zero), (1) with an exclamation point (!), etc. Many hacking software take such strategies into account, resulting in:
“the imposition of these complexity requirements leads to the creation of more predictable codes“,
according to the agency.
In contrast, passwords generated by three random words tend to be larger and harder to predict, while they also use combinations of letters that are harder to detect than hacking algorithms, according to the agency.
Although it is emphasized that this method is still not 100% safe, as the combinations could also be predictable, the advantage resulting from the fact that this method is particularly easy to use is important.
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