Say I want to make a password for Facebook. I have a cat named fluffy and the current year is 2014. I can do something like “FB#2014Fluffy”. This is great cause I can now use that the same algorithm on amazon (Amazon#2014Fluffy”) and I am really only remembering the pound sign, the year and my theoretical cats name . This password meets out length, numbers, lowers, uppers and symbols. Actually Exceeds the requirements. We avoid putting incrementing numbers at the end of passwords because hackers know that trick!
Say our password has been compromised in the middle of the year and we need to change it! You can get a new cat or if the year is getting closer to 2015 change it to that. Another possibility is to upgrade our algorithm! Yell your password into the box!! Make our new password “FB#2014Fluffy!”. As Clifford Stoll, the American astronomer who tracked down Markus Hess, a former Hacker for the KGB who was an international spy with the objective of securing U.S. military information for the Soviets says, “Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.”