For the most part people don’t put a lot of thought into creating passwords. It’s usually easiest just to create a short, easy-to-remember password, or even just to have the same password for every account you have.
However, hackers often use password-cracking software that can keep testing many different passwords until they find the correct one, and they can easily crack weak passwords.
By creating strong passwords, you can greatly reduce the chance that your personal or financial information will be stolen.
Common Password Mistakes
Many people create passwords based on their family/spouse name, interests and special dates. These types of passwords are easy to remember. Unfortunately, they are also very easy for hackers to guess. To create a strong password, you will need to avoid these types of common mistakes.
Tips For Creating Strong Passwords:
- Never use personal information such as your name, birthday, or spouse’s name. Personal information is often publicly available.
- Your password should be at least six characters long, and for extra security it should ideally be at least twelve characters. If you need to write down your passwords, be sure to keep them in a secure place.
- Don’t use the same password for each account. If someone does discover your password for one account, all of your other accounts will become vulnerable.
- Try to include numbers, symbols and both uppercase and lowercase letters.