How Do I Deal With A Web Site That Limits The Type Of Password I Can Use?

When you are on the web you will hear all types of advice on what to do to make sure that your web experience is a safe one. Most people will ignore the advice or only follow some of it because of the convenience factor. Others will take the advice to heart and they will try to apply as much of it as they can to their daily web surfing. While there is no way that you will ever be one hundred percent safe on the internet, trying as much as you can is a good start.

But sometimes when it comes to keeping yourself and your data safe on the internet the power is taken out of your hands. Sometimes there is nothing that you can do and the web site that you are on is making you unsafe. This can be for several reasons but the fact is something that you know is wrong is happening but you cannot change it. This is especially true for web sites that tend to be older and haven’t been updated in a while. You will find old web sites all over the net that you will have to deal with. It doesn’t matter how important the web site is, not every business keeps the same update schedule. Some businesses feel that as long as it is not broken then they are not going to fix it.

This is a real problem when it comes to trying to make safe passwords on certain web sites. There are certain techniques that have been accepted as being correct ways to making safe passwords over the years. If you are on a web site that does not allow this then you and your data might be in trouble. In this article I will take a look at how you are supposed to make a safe password and what you can do if the web site that you need to create a password on will not let you do it correctly.

How Do I Deal With A Web Site That Limits The Type Of Password I Can Use?

How do you make a safe password?

While it might seem simple, and it probably is, making a safe password is not what you might think it is. We know this because most people think that making a safe password only consist of coming up with a name and adding a few numbers to it. That might have been the case in the past that is not the case now. When you are looking to make a safe password to use on a web site you have to think about two factors. The first factor that you have to think about is whether you have used the password on another site before. Many people use the same passwords on different sites. This is very unsafe. The other factor that you have to think about is whether the bad guys can use a dictionary to guess your password. It doesn’t matter how long your password is or how many numbers it has in it, if the words used can be found in a dictionary then you are in trouble. The dictionary attack software tools used by black hat hackers now can easily replace numbers in a password that it finds in words that it recognizes. So if you want your password to be safe, make sure that it has several alphanumeric characters and is a word that is not found in the dictionary. Alphanumeric characters are the normal characters but also include “&^@#” plus a few more as well. If you want to use numbers to make it longer than that is fine and can help. Just as long as the words used are not found in the dictionary.

So what do you do if the site has restrictions?

So what do you do if the site that you are making the password for does not allow alphanumeric characters or does not allow you to go past a certain length with your password? Then the best thing that you can do in that case is to make the password as random as possible. It may look like gibberish to you but given the limited set of circumstances that you have to work with, it will help you foil any bad guys that are trying to use software to guess it as well.

When it comes to web sites that limit the way that you are able to make a password, the first thing that you want to do is avoid them all together. If you are not able to avoid them then make sure that the password you create is as random as possible. It will help you in the long run.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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