As more and more of your life moves online, the need to maintain a secure computing environment is critical. Creating a password isn’t good enough, it needs to be a STRONG password. A common misconception, however, is many think a strong password is hard to remember. Not true and good news for you, today I’ll review how to create an easy to remember, yet rock solid passwords.
How to Create a Strong, Secure Password
- Use a passphrase. You mean like an actual phrase? Yes, that’s exactly what I mean! The great thing about a passphrase is it’s long, it’s not a dictionary word and in some cases, it’s easy to include special characters which are tough to guess. For example, a previous password I’ve used in the past was: my laptop is black and ugly! – Wow, a 28 character password that’s easy to remember (I just look at my laptop) and nearly impossible to guess or hack (unless you look at my laptop). Some services out there like Twitter don’t allow spaces in passwords so you will need to adjust from time to time.
- Use a Password tool like 1Password which not only keeps all your passwords locked up and secure; it also helps you create a secure, unique password for all your accounts.
- A secure password is a unique password. As tempting as it might be, never use the same password on multiple websites. Sharing passwords between sites is like Russian Roulette. All it takes is one website hack to ruin your day especially if that password is used across all your online accounts. Add a layer of security to your online footprint by using unique passwords on every website.
- Don’t use dictionary words. Yeah I know, your kids are cute, but their names make horrible passwords as do months of the year, movie titles, and cute furry pets. Dictionary words are easy to guess, and they’re about a million apps out there which specialize in attacking accounts using dictionary words in all known languages. The only exception to this rule is using dictionary words in a passphrase.
- Like most things valuable in life, Passwords need at least annual maintenance. In other words, if you’ve been using the same password for a few months or years, change it. Again, using a passphrase, you shouldn’t have a problem coming up with a simple, unique phrase you can easily remember. If you don’t know how to change some of your account passwords, no worries. Here’s a few of our most popular guides for changing your Amazon, Facebook and Twitter password.
- Contrary to popular belief, passwords written on a yellow sticky and hidden under a keyboard does not make it secure. So, don’t do that! In almost all cases, if the worst happens and you forget your password, you can almost always reset it using your email address.
When it comes to online security, multiple layers are required. One of the most important layers is two-factor authentication. It’s a bit more complex, however, as always, we have step-by-step guides to walk you through the procedure. If you get stuck along the way, just let us know in our Free groovyPost Support Forum.
Do you know someone who uses really bad passwords online? Do them a favor and share these tips with them today!