Smart & Connected Life Working From Home 1,620 1620 people found this article helpful Examples of Weak and Strong Passwords These are the best passwords to secure your account by Paul Gil Writer Paul Gil, a former Lifewire writer who is also known for his dynamic internet and database courses and has been active in technology fields for over two decades. our editorial process Paul Gil Updated on September 11, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Feb 20, 2020 Jon Fisher Working From Home The Ultimate Guide to Shopping Online The Ultimate Guide to Online Learning at Home The Ultimate Guide to Skype Tweet Share Email To keep your accounts secure, make a strong password that's difficult to guess and store it in a password manager so you won't forget. A super-strong password is more resistant to guessing, so it's unlikely to be found in a brute force dictionary hack. Examples of Bad Passwords Hackers and computer intruders use automated software to submit hundreds of guesses per minute to user accounts and attempt to gain access. These tools use lists of dictionary words to guess the password sequentially. Some tools add common symbols, numbers, or signs that may be added to the password to make it more complicated. Never use password as your password. A surprising number of people make this mistake. Dictionary hacking tools that use an English dictionary list easily find words in that dictionary. If the simple word doesn't give access to an account, the device modifies the submission and tries other iterations of the same word. For example, a Dictionary hacking tool would attempt these iterations of the word Dog: DogDogsDogcatcherDogcatchersDogberryDogberriesDogmaDogmaticDogmatizedDog1Dog2Dog3Dog4 Password-guessing tools submit hundreds or thousands of words per minute. If a password is anything close to a dictionary word, it's incredibly insecure. When a password does not resemble any regular word patterns, it takes longer for the repetition tool to guess it. Passwords with personal information, such as the user's birthdate or street address, are easy targets for hackers, as well. How to Make Your Password More Secure The best way to create a secure password is to start with a simple password and turn it into one that's much more complex. The table below shows examples of a simple password that is progressively made more complex. The first column lists simple words that are easy to remember and are found in the dictionary. The second column is a modification of the first column. The last column shows how the simple password is converted into one that is harder to figure out. OK Password Better Password Excellent Password kitty 1Kitty 1Ki77y susan Susan53 .Susan53 jellyfish jelly22fish jelly22fi$h smellycat sm3llycat $m3llycat allblacks a11Blacks a11Black$ usher !usher !ush3r ebay44 ebay.44 &ebay.44 deltagamma deltagamm@ d3ltagamm@ ilovemypiano !LoveMyPiano !Lov3MyPiano Sterling SterlingGmal2015 SterlingGmail20.15 BankLogin BankLogin13 BankLogin!3 Here are other examples of password variations that purposely avoid using complete English word patterns: Dog.lov3rdOG.lov3ri7ovemydog!!d0gsaremybestfr13ndssn00pdoggyd0GKarm@beatsDogm@C@ts-and-Dogs-Living-together By injecting numbers and special characters instead of letters, these passwords take exponentially longer for a dictionary program to guess. More from Lifewire What Is a Brute-Force Attack? Add a Recovery Email Address to Your Microsoft Account How to Create a Strong Password What to Do If You Forgot Your Windows Vista Password What Is WPA3 Wi-Fi? Encrypting Access 2013 Databases Storing and Remembering Passwords Securely What Is the Default Windows Password? I Forgot My Windows 7 Password! How Do I Get Back In? How the Heck Did They Crack My Password? What Is a Password Manager? Is It Safe? Cryptographic Hash Function How to Find the Windows Administrator Password Is Pet Cam Hacking Really a Thing? How to Remember a Forgotten Password I Forgot My Windows 8 Password! What Are My Options?