If youâ??re anything like me, youâ??ve got a ton of passwords. Â Between email, social media accounts, apps and more weâ??re always creating new usernames, passwords, logging in and logging out. Â The prevalence of password protected services increases your risk of a security breach. Â Try these easy tips for creating passwords that are hard to hack, but easy to remember.
- Donâ??t Make Passwords Easy to Guess – this one may seem obvious, but you would be surprised. Â An Adobe security breach in 2013 listed the five most common company passwords as: â??123456,â? â??123456789,â? â??password,â? â??adobe123,â? and â??12345678.â? Â Can you believe it? Â Some other passwords you should avoid include names of family members or pets, special dates or any password related to your username.
- Make the Password 8 Characters or Longer – in most cases of hacking, the hacker isnâ??t trying to guess your password on a trial and error basis. Â Generally, they are using computers to try long streams of numbers and letters and can crack your code within a matter of hours. Â Many hackers donâ??t even bother with passwords that are longer than 8 characters, so keep that in mind – as long as itâ??s not 123456789!
- Donâ??t Use the Same Password Everywhere – I know this is tempting, but youâ??re only hurting your own security. Â If a hacker acquires one of your passwords, chances are they are going to try it on all of your online accounts.
For the ultimate online security your passwords should include a variety of numbers, letters and symbols; be 8 characters or longer and unique to each account. Â To maximize memorability use consistent symbol replacement and capitalization rules for all of your passwords to keep things from becoming too complex. Â You can also try secure password management apps like KeePass to keep everything in one place.
I would like to encourage you to stay safe online.