How to Create Strong Passwords

Learning how to create strong passwords for your website and beyond.

Do this:

Password managers create strong passwords
Password managers create strong passwords and keep track of your related sites for you
  1. 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.
  2. Use a different password for each site that would be a huge problem if it were hacked.
  3. Use a password manager like Lastpass or WebRoot.
  4. Use upper and lower case letters
  5. Use special characters i.e. #, !, $ (though some systems won’t allow them)
  6. Go beyond the required character limit. Example: A system requires a minimum of 8 characters, make it a 12 character password instead.
  7. Use program password features. Example: WordPress will generate a secure password for you.

Not this:

  • No real words. (dictionary attack programs eat these up)
  • Don’t use the same password for multiple sites.
  • Don’t use:
    • password
    • your birthday
    • admin
    • 1234567
    • qwerty
    • abc123
    • 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).

 

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