If you use weak passwords, you are playing with fire


Password securityDidn’t your Mom tell you not to play with fire? Weak passwords put your personal identity or business data at risk of being compromised. How important is password security? A simple Google search for password security just now returned over 400 million results – that’s significant! I cannot overemphasize how important it is to use STRONG passwords.

Some guidelines

  • Use at least eight characters, with mixed case letters (upper and lower case)
  • Use a password that can be typed quickly (to prevent over the shoulder spying)
  • Mix alpha numeric characters in a seemingly random manner.
  • Change your password regularly.
  • Do NOT use words that are included in any dictionary – even encrypted, these can be cracked in seconds!!
  • Do NOT use dates
  • Do NOT use information that can be easily obtained about you. This includes your nickname, your pet’s name, your hometown, etc.
  • Do NOT use all numbers or all alphabet characters – mix them!
  • Do NOT reveal your password to anyone!

There are any number of websites that help you understand – how vulnerable your passwords are. One of these is  http://howsecureismypassword.net/ Simply enter your password and it will return how long it would take to crack it. Mine was six thousand years, but I could improve that by using a symbol instead of just letters and numbers.


How safe are your passwords

You could also try the password meter at https://www.vpnmentor.com/tools/passwordmeter/

Password utility

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