good password should be at least 6 characters long, contain at least one uppercase character and one digit. And it should not be a dictionary word.
Not sure I would go to the extent of morse code.
Your name backwards.
initials + zip code.
Just so long as you can remember it. If you neeed to have a copy of it hide it in a text document somewhere using hidden text.
How is about your yesterday's revenue number?
Those passwords were just compromised when you sent them in plain text across this website. Thus, they are bad passwords. DON'T use them. Instead, try generating your own random combinations of characters for your passwords.
<edit>forgot to spellcheck. :)</edit>
Any password that you have to ask for suggestions is a bad one.
I am sorry to say "try this".. I guess I should have said, "try something like this"
Also.. there are many tools available that will generate random passwords for you.. you might wanna look into them.
Pick up the nearest book. Think of a number between 1-10. Open the book at a random page and what ever number you though of count to that word and there's your new password. So if you thought 7 then count in to the seventh word.
Just remember not to say the number to lound, and burn the book afterwards. For best results the book should be in Latin. ;-)
suomynona/7654321... then just avoid the dyslexic hackers who can count and you'll be in business. ;)
Then there is of course another tried and true method that goes along with the arbitrary Latin method already mentioned earlier; that is to pick arbitrary names of ficticuous characters from the "Welcome Back, Kotter" TV program -- Vinnie/Barbarino, Principal/Woodman, or Arnold/Horshack for example. The lyrics from any Cat Stevens song will due when the Kotter material is exhausted, and as a last resort there is always Ian Anderson or Frank Zappa. ;D
In all seriousness though, the best username/passwords are usually those which have little to no immediate meaning and are basically only meaningful by your own stipulation. In other words, let's say you go drinking with your friends on the weekends and call chugging beer "zargling" -- that is a great word to use then in a username or password. E.g., swiLL/zARglEr.
I've hurd that the most used password on the internet is... 'password'. So don't use that as your password. :)
2B¦¦!toob - Shakespeare :)
I have run into this with a members area on a site I run. People are generaly poor at coming up with even a semi-secure password, and insist on changing true random passwords to, "something I can remember" - which is always something anyone could figure out.
I ended up using a script that pulled a random word from the UNIX dictionary and then slapped a few random digits on the end. This worked great until the host reconfigured their system and neglected to reload the dictionary (probably figured it wasn't being used) which put my script into an endless loop.:o
Look around you right now. I bet you will find an endless supply of psuedo-random letters and numbers you can use plastered all over computers, monitors and other equipment under the guise of model numbers and such:
Always there if you forget it.
Make them easy to remember, hard to guess, and don't enforce a monthly change.
(I once worked soemwhere where they forced the whole company to change their password monthly, and you couldn't ever reuse a password you'd had before....Net result was that just about everyone would have changed their password two days ago to AUG2003, it being the only memorable thing left).
One tip for thinking up passwords: think of a song and use the first letter of each word: YAMTSSFAN
(Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, now...). Hard to shoulder-surf, not easily guessed, hard to forgot, and you start your day with a song in your heart.