How secure are your passwords?
In today’s technologically connected world we access so much sensitive information online including emails, social media and bank accounts. So why is it that so many people still have such awful password practice?
In 2011, security company Splashdata compiled a list of the 25 most commonly used passwords. Using weak passwords can severely compromise the security of the information that your passwords are protecting. Below are a few tips for better password practice.
Choose a strong password
This is an obvious one, however as the list of passwords in the link above suggests, many people still ignore it. Do not use anything that is personal to you in your password like the name or birthday of your partner, child, pet or friend. Also avoid using common words like ‘monkey’ or ‘flower’. A good way to make an easy to remember strong password is to use an obscure phrase (e.g. ‘I used Excite Media to build my 1st website!’). This phrase contains a combination of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers and even symbols. This phrase can be condensed to ‘IuEMtbm1w!’ which is a very strong password, and easy to remember.
Never use the same password
Now that you have a great password, you still shouldn’t use it in more than one place. In the rare chance that someone does get access to one of your passwords, you don’t want them to be able to access your other accounts and information with that password.
Use a Password Manager
Remembering a strong password for every account that you have might seem like a daunting task. However, there is a solution – password management software. These programs help you consolidate and encrypt all of your passwords in the one place behind a secure master password. PassPack and Keepass are good examples of password managers.