Originally Posted by Bindernut
Since you mentioned leet-speak...
Keep in mind that most of that leet-speak mixed character **** is already in the cracker libraries too right alongside the real words they sub for so you still need to mix it up.
Steve Gibson has a really interesting read on password entropy on this page. http://www.grc.com/haystack.htm
About halfway down is a podcast of the Security Now! episode where he covered it in detail.
A definite must-read and must-listen if you're security conscious. It might surprise you.
That's TRUE. I just put M1xEd $tuFF here just as a sentance and not a suggestion. For real secure passwords you want to really mix it up with non-words!
I'm still amazed in articles I read at all the qwerty and other really lame passwords a LOT of people still use! The Top 50 are so easy to guess and hack.
You really need things that are impossible to guess, spell, hack but you still can figure out...and I back up in a notebook that only I have access to.
I have a few neat ones that are theme orientated, one example I like chess. There's a gold mine there of moves, etc. Like start PxKN4.....(or whatever) and go from there.
Some of your hobbies are a good start.