This article shares techniques to create stronger passwords

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/312068-infographic-the-smart-approach-to-password-creation

QUOTE: In a recent study, Deloitte reported that over 90 percent of passwords created by individual users are “vulnerable to hacking in a matter of seconds.” This includes stupid passwords like “password” and “123456,” but also includes “those considered strong by IT departments.” The researchers determined that a dictionary of the 10,000 most common passwords would match over 98 percent of all secured accounts. How can you improve your passwords? Sophos suggests you just need to be smart.  Well, actually, they suggest you need to be S.M.A.R.T. That’s a reminder to use five specific best practices when creating passwords: Strong, Multi-character, Avoid associations, Random, and Tools.