I know, I know… they are so hard to remember.
But please, please change your passwords.
7 strong password creation tips
- Length: Is my password a sufficient length (at least 8 characters)?
- Variance: Does my password contain letters, numbers, and symbols (or at least two of these)?
- Capitalization: If my password contains letters, does it contain both capital and non-capital letters?
- Balance: Does my password have a balanced amount of each different type of character in it?
- Random: Does my password NOT follow a recognizable pattern (such as a word or phrase)?
- Impersonal: Does my password NOT contain references to any personal information?
- Memorable: Is my password based on some sort of quote or phrase that helps me remember it?
10 safe password habits
- Do I have some sort of memory trick that helps me remember my passwords?
- If I write my passwords or their related clues down in case I forget them, are they on a physical piece of paper, and NOT on my computer somewhere?
- If my passwords or their related clues are written down, are they stored in a safe place where only I know where they are and/or can get at them?
- Do I NOT use the same password for multiple website accounts?
- If I don’t write my passwords or their related clues down, do I use an online password manager to store them securely in “the cloud”?
- If I use a password manager, does it have a very strong master password?
- Do I log out of my password manager and/or Internet accounts when I’m done using them?
- Do I know how to change my passwords for various accounts, and do I change them every few months?
- Do I know how to reset my passwords if I forget them or think that they’ve been cracked?
- Is there another computer besides my own personal one that I can use to reset a password if I think that one of my Internet accounts has been broken into?
Another better safe than sorry reminder from your pals at Your Plan B Company 🙂