Are you using simple passwords such as password, abc123, or qwerty? Do you write your passwords on a Post-It note you stick to your computer screen? Have you been using the same password on multiple accounts? Or do you create passwords that are unique and strong for each of your online accounts?
The recently discovered Heartbleed Internet bug put a bright spotlight onto passwords. The bug caused most websites, even the most secure ones, to be vulnerable to hackers, potentially exposing user names and passwords for your online accounts. No matter how secure your passwords were, you need to change them for accounts that were affected by Heartbleed.
In this aftermath of Heartbleed, you may be very busy resetting your passwords for nearly all of your accounts. As you choose your new passwords, be sure to consider the factors to make a password strong. No sense in going to the trouble of changing your password to one that’s easy to guess.
Do you wish you used more secure passwords but aren’t sure how to create them? Choosing a secure password can be challenging. You want the password to be strong, but you don’t want to have one that’s impossible to type in or to remember. Many people give up and resort to choosing easy passwords or use the same one for every online account.
See, SmartPlanet, Top 10 most ‘hacked’ passwords: ‘123456,’ ‘ninja’
But creating a strong password may mean the difference between your account being hacked or being safe. The more secure you make your password, the more difficult it will be for hackers to crack it. In the infographic below you can see the massive difference in strength between a password that’s 10 characters vs. a password with 15 characters.
This infographic shows you the value of choosing strong passwords and guides you through the process of creating them. By spending a few minutes learning how to create a strong password you may be making your online accounts much safer and possibly thwarting hackers:
How To Create The Perfect Password [Infographic] by the team at Who Is Hosting This
Note that no password is ever 100% secure. Passwords can be discovered, hijacked, copied and stolen. But the stronger you make your password, the harder you make it for hackers to crack them.
Be sure to choose a different password for each account you own. You don’t want a hacker who has cracked one of your passwords to be able to access multiple accounts. Believe me, hackers are working hard to crack your passwords so don’t make it easy for them.
See, Ars Technica,
How the Bible and YouTube are fueling the next frontier of password cracking
How do you choose your passwords? Do you use a password generator? Do you write down your passwords on paper? Do you have a password service, such as LastPass or 1Password? Do you use the same password for multiple accounts?
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Do you have any advice for choosing a strong password? How do you manage your passwords? Have you ever had your password stolen? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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