News and observations on websites, technology, and more - from the folks at SolTerra Communications.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Are Your Passwords Protecting You?
A strong password is your first line of defense against
intruders and imposters…
The more sites you’re signed up to, the more likely you
are going to rely on the same few passwords to access them.That’s a lot of sites and a lot of ways for
someone to access your account information if they discover any of your
passwords. What you don’t want to happen
is a domino effect, where cracking one account means that you can access all of
Creating a unique password for every site you’ve signed
up to is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself.
that are easy to remember but hard for thieves to crack.
Include numbers, capital letters and symbols.Use a $ instead of an S or a 1 instead of an L.$1ngle is NOT a good password, hackers are onto this one, but you could come up with a
phrase such as (My 1st child Luke was born in 2001) and use the
initial of each word like this M1cLwbi2001 or (My friend Sue is a very nice girl)Mf$1avng.These are
Longer passwords take more time to crack so the longer
you can make it, the better by combining words or characters that you can
remember.Don't use dictionary words. If it’s in the dictionary, there is a chance someone
will guess it. There’s even software that criminals use that can guess words
used in dictionaries.
using a password manager to add an
extra layer to your password protection. Services
such as RoboForm (Windows only) or Lastpass (Windows and Mac) let you create a unique
very strong password for each of your sites. As well as
remembering and storing them in your Web browser, it ensures that all your
accounts are protected and only requires you to use the one master password to
Password combinations tested using howsecureismypassword.net.