If you haven’t listed to Steve Gibson’s podcast Security Now, you’re missing some great information. It is for a more technical audience, but the advice here is good for all.
But we all use passwords, and should be informed about what is good and what isn’t. Assuming you’re smart enough not to put in your pets name, or any clear dictionary words, you might have a good password. Here’s a way to make it much better easily.
But to make it even better, check out Password Haystacks, Steve’s page on how by simply padding a good password with an easy pattern, you make brute force (many random guesses using a computer) of your password practically impossible!
bucla.334 as a password could be cracked much easier than fish…are!!!nice. The padding is one of the keys! Go read, play and listen to this podcast.
Finally to get a good password, please don’t use dictionary words, proper nouns or simple leetspeak substitutions (p1ll etc). All too easy. Just think of a sentence or phrase and use that. So: I live at 88 Disk Drive, Townsville. Becomes: Ila88DD,T. which is easy to remember for you and hard for anyone else.