Protecting yourself on the internet.
What is secure?
A password serves as your first line of defense against unauthorized access to any account. If you are using a content management system for your website, such as WordPress or Joomla, the whole integrity of your website could be compromised with just a few clicks if your password is hacked.
So, what makes a strong password? For starters, you can begin by incorporating a mixture of the following:
- • Numbers
- • Special characters
- • Upper/lowercase letters
While some programs require a minimum password length, a good rule of thumb is to have a password that contains somewhere between 12-15 characters.
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Now, what makes a weak password? Using words that appear in the dictionary. Any dictionary words, even if you use a combination of a few are a bad idea. Also, using substitutions such as b0at instead of boat are not recommended, as the word appears still too obvious.
Additionally, using words that are tied to your personal information—such as pets, family members and birth dates are also not recommended.
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Here are some additional tips regarding password security:
- • If you feel that you must write your password down or save it on your computer in order to remember it, ensure that you don’t label it as “password” and be sure to keep it in a safe place.
- • Create different passwords for different accounts
- • Never give your password to anyone
- • Make sure your computer is protected—although you may have the strongest, most complex password possible, if your computer is infected with malicious software, your password could be at risk without your knowledge. Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date as well as your computer operating system.