What is one of your online passwords? I bet you its not strong enough. Let us guess, is it your pets name? Is it your family members name? Or is it the year you graduated? If we can almost guess what the password contains then it is not strong enough. Passwords are the frontline defense between you and your sensitive data. This is not limited to your banking information, personal identification, even your precious amazon prime account. Do you really want your data to be breached? If not, follow these quick tips to generate stronger passwords.
- MAKE IT LONG. We recommend 10-15 characters; longer passwords are always harder to breach.
- USE A MIX OF CHARACTERS, these include upper-case and lower-case, numbers, and symbols.
- AVOID COMMON TYPICAL SUBSTITUTIONS. This can me replacing an “e” with a “3” these are common and known substitutions, that brut force password hackers can bypass.
- DON’T USE MEMORABLE KEYBOARD PATHS. Don’t follow known and memorable keyboard path, such as sequential number ordering “123456”, or common letter paths “qwerty”.
- HAVE A FORMULA such as, a close relative’s date of birth (backwards)+name of your first pet + first three letters (but one) + a URL of the site you are visiting.
- THE SENTENCE METHOD – Think of a random sentence and then thing of a rule that would change the sentence into a strong password. For example, removing the first letter of each word.
- DON’T REPEAT PASSWORD, change them out routinely, every 3 months I highly recommended.
Overall passwords are crucial part of our everyday life, therefore it’s better to be safe than sorry!