So you think that, in order to be “strong,” a password needs to be “complex,” right? You need alpha characters and numeric characters and upper and lower case letters and symbols – that’s what we’ve all been told and those complexity requirements are enforced by policies. This comic illustrates why complexity is actually not the most important factor when you want to create strong passwords, and how easier-to-remember long passwords can actually be more secure than those complex nonsense passwords like 24%Tup3r” that meet all the requirements.
About The Author
Debra Littlejohn Shinder is a technology and security analyst and author specializing in identity, security and cybercrime, utilizing her past experience as a police officer and police academy/criminal justice instructor. She has written numerous books and articles for web and print publications and has been awarded the Microsoft MVP designation for fourteen years in a row.