Mr Speaker

Making insecure passwords secure

Recently there has been a lot of attention given to the list of the 500 worst passwords. "Worst" meaning "most frequently used" and therefore easy to guess. A better practice, according to microsoft (who we all trust when it comes to security matters), is to create a password that is "a simple and long phrase".

One problem is that simple and long phrases aren't things we remember. We only remember very very short passwords like monkey, bond007, and (apparently) nipples.

My solution, accordingly, is to combine both password approaches together - forming several of our favourite words into a longer random name-esque phrase. You should choose one or more from the generated list below, and build elaborate fictional situations around them. Thus, you'll never forget your password again.

One drawback to this method is that the 500 worst passwords of all time contain a generous quantity of naughty words. So your fictional character is most likely going to be a porn star.

Cheers to a more secure online experience!


  1. So many good ones, my highlight would have to be:

    Shaved “Purple” Slut

    Friday, January 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink
  2. I like Trouble “golfer” Iceman. He is a dangerous Alaskan double-agent with a penchant for mini golf.

    Friday, January 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Permalink
  3. Dear Heather “Chevy” Viper, thank you for keeping my email secure!

    Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 10:01 am | Permalink
  4. What a handy tool. Hackers will never guess my new password is marinafuckyoubigtits!

    Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
  5. cream pussy bill… the mind boggles!

    Friday, March 20, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Permalink
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