If like myself, you were informed that a random password (using special characters) is better than using just words, then think again. According to the article entitled “Why the password “this is fun” is 10 times more secure than “J4fS!2” by Vivekgirotra.com, this simply isn’t the case, apparently.
The main gist of the article explains how hackers may target your site, and how they get hold of your password. All my passwords are at least 20 characters in length including special characters and chosen at random. The article explains, however, that choosing a few random nonsensical words can be just as effective.
I’m not going into the article in detail, but if you have a WordPress blog, sell websites and manage them, or any other site that is important to you, I suggest you take a look. It gets quite technical, but it’s easy to get their point on the matter.
Ever since my blog was hacked last year, I regularly keep up-to-date with matters such as this. I now have many security plugns installed on my WordPress installation and use every security measure possible.
Since reading the article a few months back, I’ve still been mixing random characters into my passwords (hold habits die hard), but I no longer choose ridiculously long ones that take me 5 minutes to type in! I recommend taking a look at the article and do what’s best for you.
★ Here’s some Further Reading: 6 WordPress Plugins that Protect Your Blog from Hackers.