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Guidelines in creating a wireless password or passphrase

Passwords keep your wireless network secure from unauthorized access.  There are three (3) layers of defense that can be implemented, and help secure passwords from being hacked:

a.    If using a word, use one that can have one or more of its characters replaced with a number.

  • The word password is a good example; with this word we can replace the letter o with the number 0, changing it to the word passw0rd.  When this is done, it effectively doubles the amount of words that a hacker would have to use in a dictionary attack, more than doubles if the word has more than one (1) character that can be used as a number.

b.    Intermix capital letters; most Passwords and Passphrases are case sensitive.

  • Take the word passw0rd and add random capital letters.  For simplicity, you can capitalize the P and SS, so the end result would be PaSSw0rd.

c.   Use random numbers at the end.

  • By doing this, it makes cracking a Password or Passphrase using a dictionary very difficult, especially if all three (3) methods are used.

Therefore, using all three (3) methods will result to the following:

example:  PaSSw0rd283

d.   Use special characters

  • By doing this, it makes it makes the password harder to crack.  You can use punctuation marks, as well as the @, $ or % symbols.

Example:  Pa$$word

Related Articles:

Setting up WEP, WPA or WPA2 personal wireless security on a Linksys wireless router
Checking the Linksys Wi-Fi router's name and Password

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