5 Tips to Make Better, More Secure Passwords

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Having a Secure and Strong Password is Vital to Your Online Safety.

You see it in the news all the time: Someone’s bank account got broken into and he/she is now crying about all the money they lost. However, most of the time this happens due to the person having a weak or easy to guess password. This can happen to anyone, so here I present my 5 tips to having better, more secure passwords.

Tip 1: Have a Variety of Characters

I don’t know how many times I can’t stress this enough. This is the number one way how accounts get broken into. So how do I have a variety of characters? you ask. Well it is very simple: Your password should have

  • Both upper and lower case characters: The characters should be mixed, like so: AjfGDfg
  • At least 2 Numbers: Again, mixed into the password
  • At least 2 Symbol Characters such as ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ – + = { } [ ] \ | : ; ” ‘ < > , . ? /
  • Should be a minimum of 8 characters in length, longer is better. 12 Character long passwords are considered truly secure. Why 12 characters you ask? Some hackers (if not most) use a complicated program that goes through millions of combinations of letters and numbers in an attempt to guess your password. However if your password is 12 characters there are too many combinations, making it virtually impossible to find out your password using this method.

Tip 2: Know the Most Commonly Used Passwords

From the beginning of time, hackers (cyber criminals) have known that people are predictable. And so are their passwords. Here is a list of the top 500 most commonly used passwords to avoid using. http://www.whatsmypass.com/the-top-500-worst-passwords-of-all-time

Tip 3: Use a Password Manager

Of Course no one wants to remember a complicated password for each and every site they have an account with. No, thats why people invented password managers. Password managers keep track of your passwords on multiple sites so you never need to remember your password when it’s time to log in. This way you can memorize your one master password and never have to worry about remembering any of the others. Some password managers are http://keepass.info/http://agilewebsolutions.com/onepassword, and http://lastpass.com/.

Tip 4: Don’t Reuse Passwords

You have heard the expression “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. This applies to passwords as well. If in the unfortunate attempt that one of your online accounts gets hacked or broken into, you don’t want all your online accounts to be hacked too, right? It is only a simple thing to match usernames and passwords to figure out your other online accounts once a hacker breaks into one of your online accounts. And it only takes minutes to see if the username and password matches at your email account on Google or Yahoo.

Tip 5: Use a Password Generator

Oplop, http://heap.joshdick.net/oplop/, generates an unique password for each site you have an account with. It creates a secure password from your usual weak password. Or http://www.pctools.com/guides/password/ will generate a random password from certain guidelines you specify. Both are good if you can’t make a strong password yourself.

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Online Safety

In conclusion, having a secure and strong password is vital to your online safety. I hope these 5 useful tips helped strengthen your passwords to better protect your online accounts and make the internet more enjoyable for you.

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