- August 15, 2014
- Learning Library
Having a strong password can make it difficult for criminals to hack into your online accounts.
So many web sites require a password nowadays. The problem, though, is that most of us are not very clever when creating our passwords. The top passwords are: password, 123456, 12345678, welcome, jesus, ninja, and mustang. If one of these is your password, change it now! You are leaving yourself open for hacking.
Here are some rules you should consider when creating a perfect password:
- Use different passwords everywhere. If you use the same password for everything, and it gets cracked, that hacker now has access to all of your online accounts.
- Change your passwords often.
- Don’t share your passwords or leave them out for others to see.
- If your password can be found in the dictionary, it is not strong enough.
- If you use numbers or letters in the order they appear on the keyboard, it is not strong enough.
- Use a string of text that mixes numbers and lowercase and uppercase letters – consider turning letters into numbers within a word or phrase.
- Include characters
- Make your password at least eight characters long because the longer the password, the stronger it is.
- For memorable passwords consider using phrases that are meaningful to you with good use of punctuation and capitalization to comply with some of the common password rules above.
Take a second look at your passwords. Don’t make it easy for criminals to hack into your e-mail, social media sites, etc.
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