I’ll preface this by saying that we hear the gripe from our clients (and employees) all the time. Creating strong passwords are impossible to remember, especially when there are so many online accounts that require different rule sets for their passwords.
If you think remembering a long password is a headache, ask someone that has fallen victim to identity theft and your mind will be changed for good. Strong passwords are a necessary evil when it comes to keeping hackers out of these online accounts. Below are a few pointers to consider the next time you change your passwords.
All of your passwords should…
- Be 8 characters or longer and contain at least one uppercase, five lowercase and three digits
- Don’t use the same password everywhere. You want to use unique passwords for every account because, oftentimes, hackers will get one of your passwords in a data breach or virus on your computer and go after your other online accounts using that password as a starting point.
- Use a third party password management application such as Dashlane or Roboform.
- Use your Contacts in your phone to disguise certain accounts. For example, if you bank at Wells Fargo, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend titling the name of the contact “Wells Fargo” and storing your password within that contact. However, get creative and name the contact after a friend that works at the bank or use the initials of the bank. That way, if your phone ever gets lost or stolen, that information is disguised.
- I know this sounds simple, but make your passwords random and something that only you would be able to relate to. Did you have a secret crush in elementary school? Use his/her name in a combination of other letters and numbers.
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