Mitnick In The News
What is the best way to choose your passwords?
Mar 19, 2017 - QORE, by Eugenio Moto
Cyber security expert Kevin Mitnick explains how to prevent hacking easily
(Translated from Spanish using Google Translator)
Passwords are the last line of defense between your personal information and any hacker. That is why general consensus indicates that you have a different key for each site, and that each is long and difficult to remember. However, this may complicate your existence, so cyber security expert Kevin Mitnick explained a better solution.
Instead of choosing a very difficult password for each site, you simply need a password manager. These services allow you to host your keys in safe places, or better yet, to create random keys whenever you need them. Mitnick recommended Last Password and 1Password, managers who have hosting service, and KeyPass and Password Safe if you need a free service.
The interesting thing is that these managers will create passwords with random characters for each service you use, and fill in the password field every time you need to access them. You can even choose the length and difficulty of the key. All you need to do is create and remember a master password, which allows you to access your manager of choice. The expert said that a master password must be very long (from 20 to 25 alphanumeric characters), so a phrase or song lyric works excellently.
Finally, Mitnick said combining these generated password managers with the new 2-step authentication security measure that more and more sites have available will make it very difficult for a hacker to steal your information.