"The password must consist of at least 8 characters and be case-sensitive." This note should sound familiar to many of us when we create an account with a new service. Many, of course, fall back on an easy-to-remember password, as an example "Jerry2000". The name of your cat and your year of birth are not difficult to crack, especially if people around you are after your account. In addition, people use the same password for many services for the sake of simplicity - so if someone were to crack the password, they would have access to about 50% of the online accounts.. But what makes an effective password and - the almost more important question - how can you remember it?
However, not everyone considers February 1st to be a sensible date. For example, Jürgen Schmidt, editor-in-chief of Security at heise, says that strong passwords are of no use at all if the online service connected to them is not sufficiently secured. Providers should rather concentrate on ensuring that their data is not stolen. There are already about 2.2 billion data sets with stolen access details circulating on the internet.
Both articles are german only
By the way: Where you should not worry about stolen customer data or strong passwords is when sending emails with sensitive content. Thanks to Frama RMail, you can use password encryption for messages, in addition to many other helpful functions. Either have one generated automatically or determine one yourself (taking the above tips into account, of course). You can read more about this here.