Undercover HackerA good password isn’t necessary synonymous with one that’s easy to remember. “Good,” in this context, is strong. You want a super strong password so that it’s more resistant to guessing and so that it’s unlikely to be found in a brute force dictionary hack.

Hackers and computer intruders use automated software as a way to submit hundreds of guesses per minute to open your account. The tools use lists of dictionary words to sequentially guess the password, and some will even add common symbols, numbers or signs that it thinks you may have added to the word to make it more complex.

Tip: See these steps for making a strong password so you can change your basic password into something much harder to guess. Once you have one, store it in a password manager so you never forget it.

Examples of Bad Passwords

Any dictionary hacking tool that uses an English dictionary list can easily find words that are contained in that dictionary. If the simple word doesn’t work, the tool most likely modifies the submission to try other iterations of the same word.

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