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Hackers Aren’t Fooled by Password Formulas

A security expert said that hackers are not fooled by password formulas.

Ryan Merchant, senior manager at the password managing firm Dashlane, said that a recent analysis by the company showed that formulas don’t result in strengthened passwords.

Formulas include “password walking,” which involves hitting keys next to each other to create what might look like random passwords but are actually easy to guess. An example is “1q2w3e4r.”

Another formula is basing passwords on the name of the websites, but that doesn’t work either, Merchant told Lifehacker.

“If [a hacker] knows somebody’s ‘base password,’ it’s not that difficult to predict what the variations of that are going to be,” he said.