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Passwords Should Be…

Thursday, December 27th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Security Help

Passwords Should Be…

Do you often have trouble coming up with the perfect password? Whether you’re purchasing something online or you’re signing up for some kind of newsletter, etc., a password is usually required. Plus, we all know (well, we should) that it’s best to use a different password for each thing we do online. And with more and more services being added everyday, it can sometimes be hard to come up with new passwords to use. So, I thought I would take some time today and try to help you out. What do you say we create some passwords?!

According to security experts, there are six rules you should follow when making up your passwords. First of all, they should be random. By that, I mean you should choose a series of characters that are completely random to everyone else, but make complete sense to you. The second rule follows up with that by saying passwords should be unique. Again, just try to create a password that no one else will be able to easily guess. The third rule states that a password should be, at the very least, eight characters long, but the longer it is, the better. If you can come up with a password that’s 14 characters or more, go for it!

The next rule says that a password should be a combination of upper and lowercase letters and there should be at least one number or symbol included in there somewhere. The more variety you add to your password, the better it will be. The fifth rule simply states that you should change your password regularly and frequently. The longer you leave the same password in place, the easier it will be for a hacker to grab it. And lastly, you should type your password out manually each and every time you’re asked for it. Yes, the “Remember Password” feature is nice, but it’s really best to enter it in each time. If you follow these six simple rules, you will have the most secure and perfect passwords in town. That’s something to be proud of!

~ Erin

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