Your password should be a complex mixture - meaning it should include at least one of each of the following (when permitted as not all sites support special characters):
- a lower case letter
- an upper case letter
- a number -
a special character
What is a strong password?
The strength of a password depends on the different types of characters that you use, the overall length of the password, and whether the password can be found in a dictionary. It should be 8 or more characters long.
For tips about how to create passwords that are easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess, read Create strong passwords. (from Microsoft’s Safety & Security Checker).
Tons of interesting information about passwords is available on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Password_strength .
Chances are you fall into the trap of using simple or easy to remember passwords because you have so many different accounts that require them? We get it. How many times have you been asked for your username and password only to sit there completely at a loss wondering which combo you used for that account? Here are a few tips to make it all easier on you while also keeping you protected:
- Identify which accounts are more important and/or need to be more secure and create a series of different usernames/password combos that you use for different levels of security
- Figure out the best way to save all your different usernames and passwords (that is safe from hackers!) and have it easily accessible
- Create a plan that has you updating regularly, e.g., monthly, quarterly, every 6 months or at the very least annually – an example being on the 1st day of every new quarter you update…