How To Make A Strong Password

Posted on August 17th, 2014

In today’s word we have to be careful and protect our information. Here’s a few tips that I have found helpful.

Think longer to protect yourself from online hackers.
Even though the recommended length of a password is 8 characters,
14 is better and experts are now recommending 25 characters.

Here’s a few simple do’s:
Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
For example:  PaS$WoRd!38 instead of Password38.

Substitute characters.
Instead of an “O” use a zero “0” instead.
Replace “S” with the dollar sign “$”.
Example:  PaS$w0rD

Things you should avoid:
Never use easy to guess words like your name, home town, pets name, maiden name.
Also avoid things that can be looked up like your DOB, zip code, house number.
Never use the same password on another account as it will make that account more vulnerable.

Be careful when answering those types of questions on social sites as this is often where hackers get their information and clues.

Some places like G-mail will give you an option of choosing two passwords when you use a different device to log in then your usual one. If you have that feature turned on, Google iwll send a text message with a six digit code to your phone and you’ll need to enter it before you gain access.  It’s a pain but deters hackers.

Hope you find this info helpful.
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