Author: Amina Sinanović
Do you use any of these bad passwords?
- Your kid's name
- Always the same one
Why is that not good?
- They are easy to guess or crack. Really easy.
- If one site is compromised, a hacker has access to all your services.
What makes a password strong?
A strong password:
- Is at least eight characters long.
- Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.
- Does not contain a complete word.
- Is significantly different from previous passwords.
Help yourself remember your strong password by following these tips:
- Create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information.
For example, pick a phrase that is meaningful to you, such as My son's birthday is 12 December, 2004. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use Msbi12/Dec,4 for your password.
- Substitute numbers, symbols, and misspellings for letters or words in an easy-to-remember phrase. For example, My son's birthday is 12 December, 2004 could become Mi$un's Brthd8iz 12124 (it's OK to use spaces in your password).
- Relate your password to a favorite hobby or sport. For example, I love to play badminton could become [email protected]()n.
- If you feel you must write down your password in order to remember it, make sure you don't label it as your password, and keep it in a safe place.