Whether it is your email, membership on a forum, Facebook or online banking with your financial institution, passwords are the keys to these accounts. So what exactly makes one password better than another? Take a look at the following website (https://howsecureismypassword.net/) and you will see how long it can potentially take a hacker to get your password. I am not saying to use your current password but play with words, numbers and symbols and see how each one affects the length of time for your password to get cracked.
Here are a few tips that can help you create a strong password and keep it secure:
- Use 12-15 characters if allowed
- Use at least one special character, one number, one uppercase letter and one lowercase letter
- Stay away from dictionary words, names and common numbers that may be associated with you (i.e. Addresses, Social Security Numbers, Pet names, Birthdays or any other important dates should be avoided)
- Don’t share your password with anyone (most animals are fine except for talking parrots)
- Change your password every couple months
- Manage your passwords with a Password Management software
If you are having trouble creating a password, here are a couple of resources that generate passwords for you.