- There’s a difference between a good password, a strong one, and one that will be hacked. Here’s what you don’t want your login credentials to be:
- A family member’s name
- The last 4 digits of your social security number
- Password. Yes, really. According to PCWorld.com, p-a-s-s-w-o-r-d is the second most popular password in the list. And using “passw0rd” and substituting the zero for the “o” is just as easy to guess. And don’t use pa$$word either. Too easy!
- Your date of birth or the birthday of anyone in your immediate family
- Go beyond the required password length. If the password field says that you need to have 6 characters, make yours 8 or even 10. The more characters, the harder it is to guess. l
- When in doubt of your password, use the retrieve password button on the site you visit to access your account. A unique link will be sent via email for you to access your account and change it.
- Don’t store your many logins and passwords as a Word doc on your computer, in Evernote on your tablet, or somewhere on your phone. If your devices are stolen, think of what a treasure trove of information that device is!
- Make an appointment with yourself to change your passwords each month, or at the very least, every other month. Set a reminder on your calendar if you’re likely to forget.
- Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. For example create one with your pet’s name (Spot) and your anniversary (October 17). Instead of it reading Spot1017, change it to: $p0tT3nL7 A combination of capital letters combined with symbols, letters, and numbers is much harder to guess!
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