Updated: Apr 15, 2019
Happy Tech Thursday Everyone! I am glad to have you back again! Today we are going to be short, sweet and to the point! So, in a previous discussion, we went over the different ways of how to manage your passwords for different applications. However, just because you have a password management tool, you still need to create a password that is highly secure. It is amazing to have software that can help detect risk but let us be our own 1st line of defense to help keeping personal information secure. Most times when logging into to a program you are given a genetic password for example “password” or “abc123” but do not leave or create your password to be that simple.
According to Connect Safely, they suggest the following when creating a password:
• Make the password at least 12 characters long The longer the better. Longer passwords are harder for thieves to crack
• Include numbers, capital letters and symbols Consider using a $ instead of an S or a 1 instead of an L, or including an & or % – but note that $1ngle is NOT a good password. Password thieves are onto this. But Mf$J1ravng (short for “My friend Sam Jones is really a very nice guy) is an excellent password.
Other companies such as Microsoft as make similar suggestions to their users:
• Is at least eight characters long
• Doesn't contain your username, real name, or company name
• Doesn't contain a complete word
• Is significantly different from previous passwords
• Contains uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols
Even though creating password like this may seem like a headache in the end it may say you a lot of time, money and resources.