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How to Make Your Passwords More Secure

Apr 2, 2013
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secureThe pursuit of better passwords is a constant uphill battle that we continually educate clients about. One of the biggest obstacles is that we’re all human, and we’re habitual by nature, so if we don’t train ourselves to use more secure passwords, we often find ourselves using insecure passwords instead because they are easy to remember and we assume no one will ever guess them.
That said, many of our passwords are for online accounts, such as our email, and it’s not necessarily humans we need to worry about. If someone wants to get into your account, and they have a program that can guess passwords, it’s a piece of cake if your password isn’t secure. This is especially a problem with accounts used for business.
Let’s get in the habit of creating and using more secure passwords. You can also use a password manager like LastPass or KeePass (both are free).
Your e-mail password should NOT:
-contain login names
-contain first or last names
-use the words: password, 123456, qwerty, etc.
The password should contain:
-at least 8 characters
-at least 1 uppercase character
-at least 1 lowercase character
-at least 1 numeric digit
-at least 1 Special character ([email protected]#$%^&*())
As an aside, you should also not record them on a “post-it” on your monitor, or under your keyboard. We see that ALL the time.
[Kevin O’Reilly contributed to this post, He is a Nerd in Brampton, Ontario]