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3 proven formulas for creating hack-proof passwords

3 proven formulas for creating hack-proof passwords
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Hacks and data breaches are a dime a dozen. Still, you'd be surprised by how many people make critical mistakes when creating their passwords.

Whether your passwords are too short, too simple or have been used time and time again, these mistakes can put your private information at risk. So, here are three easy ways to create solid passwords you can still remember.

1. Unique phrases

You've probably heard that good passwords require at least eight to nine characters, a few capital letters, random symbols, etc. But a recent study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University proved there are other options.

Unique passphrases, such as "ilovefreshsashimituna," were found to be just as effective. In fact, these passphrases can be more effective since they don't contain confusing numbers, symbols or long strings of odd letters.

The key to creating a secure passphrase is to make it as long as possible, while still remaining meaningful. The ideal passphrase should be 16-64 characters long, and should say something you find funny, sentimental or has another form of personal meaning. Click here for more tips on creating passphrases that are completely secure.

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