Secure Password Tips

We all use passwords to protect and secure everything in our digital lives. We must stay vigilant in keeping up to date with strong passwords that can deter infiltration and hacking from many outside sources. We have here some tips for our community to look at to have a more secure password that is harder to hack through.

Many of us don't like to deal with the numerous passwords that accumulate with all the websites and digital products we use. The fact is if you want to be more secure its better to try to include these tips into your life.

Tips for more Secure Digital Passwords
  • Many different passwords - Make use of different passwords for all of your different sites and devices. Its a pain to keep track of the dozens that can accumulate with our digital life today, but if one password gets compromised then the others are less likely to. Most sites and devices have a mechanism to reset your password if you forget so why not implement this in your life.
  • Keep it anonymous - Do not create passwords that identify something about you or your life. For example I have a dog named Fido the password should not relate to Fido or dogs for that matter. Another example would be using a variation of your birthday or bank pin number (I was at fault for this one for a long time). You get the picture.
  • Communicating - This one is obvious but sometimes needs to be done in certain situations. Dont ever email or give anyone your password to anything. If you do then change it as soon as possible. Also realize that some sites that have a "Forget your Password" will just email you the forgotten password and not reset it. Once you receive your forgotten password in the email, use it to log on and then change your password.
  • Public computers - If possible refrain from logging into anything other than a trusted computer. This is also not always possibly, but you do not know what security is on a public computer. If you must then once you are done, and are on a computer you trust (such as your home computer), then reset and change those passwords you logged in with.
  • Creating a strong password - You may think this should be on top but the examples above in my opinion are more overlooked. Sites today have a strong password check so this is less of an issue on many major websites and devices. But in general a strong password should consist of: At least one uppercase character, a number or set of numbers (remember nothing relatable to you), and at least one or two special characters (characters such as: !_.|`~<>;[] and many more, not all websites allow all characters). The special characters are important in a strong password because it takes longer for an automatic hacking algorithm to break the value of a special character than an alphanumeric character. Also the longer the password the better (I usually go for 10 characters minimum) as it will also take more time for an automatic hacking algorithm to break.

All these tips maybe a pain to implement and stay vigilant with but is better than the other options like identity theft, stolen information, etc. Also I would stay away from services that store passwords even if they say securely. The best secure location is in your brain, and nowhere else. If you do write them down, keep an excel with your passwords (password protect the excel), or use a password storage solution, remember to change them often.

Last modified onFriday, 04 October 2013 16:07

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