Password Security

password (1)Your password is the first line of defense against unauthorized  access to your computer or accounts.  Having a strong password gives you more protection from hackers and malware software.  Yes, it can be daunting to remember multiple passwords, but to help keep your information private it is recommended you have a different, strong password for each account you have.

Tips for a secure password

  • Use at least one upper case letter, one lower case letter, a number and a special character like $ % @ = ! *. Password123! does meet this critia but is still weak.  A stronger example would be 1p@$S_w0Rd!
  • Use at least eight characters, the longer the password the more difficult it is to guess.
  • B-cR3@t1v3! Be creative! Create an acronym or algorithm you can remember like *I<3*2r3@d! (I love to read!).  To add complexity, you can add part of the website name and your favorite number.  So for Amazon your password could be *I<3*2r3@d!-9Az6.  Using the same algorithm, your password for eBay could be *I<3*2r3@d!-9Ba6.   
  • Avoid repeating characters
  • Do not use common, dictionary words – not even spelled backwards
  • Do not use consecutive keyboard combinations like “qwerty” or “asdfgh”
  • Do not use personal information like your name, relative’s name or pet name.  Information like this can be easily researched on social media pages.
  • Do not use the same password for multiple sites
  • Change your password monthly

Popular Passwords you should avoid

An Internet site who announced commonly used passwords recently posted an article pertaining to the continued lack of secure passwords being utilized which may be a factor in data breaches — past, present, and future. One reason for the lack of security is the amount of passwords a user is required to remember to access the many databases, applications, networks, etc., used on a daily basis. Users continue to prioritize convenience over security when establishing passwords like using simple and easily guessed passwords. The article cited Adobe’s security breach for the appearance of passwords like “adobe123” and “photoshop”, reminding users not to base your password on the full name of the website or application you are using.  Some of the worst passwords were:

password

monkey

123456789

1234567

1234567890

123456

000000

111111

1234

photoshop

12345678

letmein

iloveyou

password1

12345

qwerty

trustno1

adobe123

shadow

azerty

abc123

admin

sunshine

123123

princess

 

 

 

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