We talk about security and identity protection but the surveys still tell us that most people think that “123456” or “asdfgh” or “password” are safe choices for passwords. Obviously none of it matters until your bank account is hacked or something strange and mysterious happens to one of your Internet accounts that matters to you. So here goes:
- “Don’t use your name, it will be easy to crack!
- Don’t use obvious base-words like a name, birthday or date, these are easier to crack than whole phrases.
- Change your passwords periodically or whenever it may have become compromised. Frequent password changing is required by company policy or federal law in some businesses, but may encourage users to choose weaker passwords or write down their password near their computers. Don’t re-use an expired password.
- Take a word (for example, money), spell it backwards (yenom) and put your birthdate in between. Say you were born February 5, 1974. So it would be yfebe5n19o74m. Hard to remember, yes, but also nearly impossibly to crack.
- Mixing in numbers and letters (E.G.: j78hu5948h0gy67g) can almost be impossible to crack, so try using that tip. If you’re afraid you’ll forget your password, write it down in a secure place where you won’t forget it.
- For even more security, try to use “nonsense words.” Combine these with numbers to make memorable, secure passwords. For example, “brickbeak9468.”
- If you have trouble remembering all the passwords you need, try using a password manager, they can store all your passwords securely using a single master password.”
Thanks to WikiHow