Experts researching password cracking warn that the programs used by hackers are getting smarter and smarter. In fact, a team of scientists at Carnegie Mellon University was able to come with a program that makes easy work of even long, complicated passwords.
Ashwini Rao and her colleagues say that using familiar sentence patterns like street addresses and email addresses in your passwords make them even easier to get around.
They suggest the key to password protection is using bad spelling and poor grammar. Most hackers use programs that search through correctly spelled and phrased words and put them in various combinations. Intentional misspelling or oddly combined sentences can prevent them from getting through to your information. So instead of a password like “Ilovemy3cats,” consider something like “kahdz_3meL0zzes!”