Learning how to create strong passwords for your website and beyond.
- Use a phrase that you can remember: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America could become “1p@2tf0tus0A”. Substituting letters with numbers and special characters can create strong passwords.
- Use a different password for each site that would be a huge problem if it were hacked.
- Use a password manager like Lastpass or WebRoot.
- Use upper and lower case letters
- Use special characters i.e. #, !, $ (though some systems won’t allow them)
- Go beyond the required character limit. Example: A system requires a minimum of 8 characters, make it a 12 character password instead.
- Use program password features. Example: WordPress will generate a secure password for you.
- No real words. (dictionary attack programs eat these up)
- Don’t use the same password for multiple sites.
- Don’t use:
- your birthday
- user’s real names
- names of user’s pets
- names of user’s spouses
- Don’t keep a sticky note stuck to your monitor containing passwords
- Don’t keep a list on your computer desktop
It takes some work setting up a password manager.
You’ll need to add every website where you hold an account, but not all at once. And, you’ll invariably forget a few until you use them.
There may be times when you’ll have to use the forgot password in order to get back into a site so that you can include it within your password manager software.
You will have to create a master password. Make it a good one that you can remember. And, use two step authentication where available. (Actually, any password manager that’s worth using should have this feature).