Hello, if possible, I protect my accounts with two factor authentication, two 
step verification, security keys and the like. Basically, a second layer such 
as a randomly generated code, sent by text, as well as my account specific 
password, is my personal best advice. That way, even if someone manages to 
correctly guess your password, they will still be locked out unless they have 
your nominated phone with them. Apple particularly takes this level of security 
very seriously, and is now required for apps to use certain iCloud features, 
such as Microsoft Outlook for Mail, Calendar and People.

> On 10 Aug 2017, at 04:37, M. Taylor <mk...@ucla.edu> wrote:
> 
> Password expert says he was wrong: Numbers, capital letters and symbols are
> useless
> By Ashley May
> 
> USA TODAY Cybersecurity experts say certain password rules are ineffective.
> Here is some of the latest advice on setting and resetting them. Time The
> man who said use capital letters, special characters and numbers in your
> password is now taking back that advice. (Photo: hanieriani, Getty
> Images/iStockphoto) The man behind the 2003 report responsible for many
> current password guidelines says the advice is wrong. Bill Burr, the author
> of an 8-page publication released by the National Institute of Standards and
> Technology, told The Wall Street Journal his previous advice of creating
> passwords with special characters, mixed-case letters and numbers won't
> deter hackers. In fact, he told the journal,'the paper wasn't based on any
> real-world password data, but rather a paper written in the 1980s. 'Much of
> what I did I now regret,' Burr told The Wall Street Journal . The problem is
> that federal agencies, businesses and institutions took the paper
> seriously'very seriously. The report turned into password protocol. Today,
> even though Burr's report was updated in June, we are still prompted to
> change our password every 90 days using at least one capital letter, symbol
> and number. These combinations aren't secure,'mainly because people choose
> predictable combinations. The advice about frequently changing a password
> has been criticized since the report. A 2010 study by the University of
> North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed that updating passwords often can
> actually help hackers identify a pattern. Another study from Carleton
> University said frequent changes are more inconvenient than helpful. The
> better solution could be to simply use a password with four random words,
> because the number of letters can be more difficult to hack than a small
> combination of letters and special characters, the Journal reports. Finally,
> a good reason to ignore those password prompts and come up with one we can
> actually remember. Follow Ashley May on Twitter: @AshleyMayTweets 
> 
> Original Article at:
> https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/08/09/password-expert-sa
> ys-he-wrong-numbers-capital-letters-and-symbols-useless/552013001/
> 
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