Making Passwords More Secure With Emojis?

Tired of trying to create a password that requires so much complexity that it will cause you to forget the password every time you attempt to log in? This is a very frustrating process, especially being that you normally can’t reuse the same password for a period of time. So, how can you make a shorter password more complex than say a longer one? One simple word, emojis.

But emoji’s in computer terms actually have another term, this is called “ALT Codes”. If you have a Windows machine, you can pull up your character map to see a list of ALT codes. The great things about this are some of these codes can require additional keystrokes for just one item. Let’s dive in on how this works.

Choosing a Secure Password

So, let’s say that you want your password to be something like ‘password’ (we don’t recommend ever making a short dictionary password). That is obviously not secure, so you decide to spice it up with Password1. This password is still very predictable which leaves us saying, why not create a smiley face emoji? To do this, simply hold down the “ALT” key and tap the number “1” from the number lockside. This will create the ☺ symbol. Giving you a password of Password1☺.

Using password checking tools, we can see that Password1 has a cracking time of just 2 minutes for a medium-size botnet. (How Secure is my Password?). Now, let’s see how the same password reacts when adding the emoji.

emojis, password security

That same password has now gone up from 2 minutes to 1 Trillion years by changing it from Password1 to Password1☺. Just by adding emojis into your password. If you add a symbol though that requires additional key stroking, the password complexity even goes up more. Example, if you type “ALT + 234” at the beginning of the password and then keep the ‘☺’ at the end to give you Ω Password1☺, it will take about 753 million years to crack the password.

Keyboard Symbol Cheat Sheet

emojis, special keys

What is your opinion on this? Of course, this isn’t compatible with every system but it does support Microsoft Windows Active Directory. This is great for systems admins who have employees who do not want to worry about a complex password. Is this the future?

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