How to Set Up Secure Passwords

We need passwords for everything these days!  It’s so easy just to use a simple password that’s easy to remember, like 123456.  But the annual list of the most common passwords was released recently, and it’s a good reminder that it’s important to create secure passwords.  Here are the most common passwords of 2013:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the easiest passwords for a hacker to use to get into your accounts!

Here some tips for setting up a password that a hacker is less likely to guess.

  1. Avoid common words, phrases, and number combinations.
  2. Avoid common names, dates, phone numbers, or things easily associated with you.
  3. Use a combination of numbers, letters (upper and lower case), and even symbols.  One way to make this easier to remember is to substitute numbers for letters or letters for numbers in a word or phrase.
  4. Make sure it’s something you can remember.  Don’t write it down!
  5. Don’t use keyboard patterns, such as “qwerty”.
  6. Make it at least eight characters long.
  7. Try not to use the same password on multiple sites.
  8. Change your passwords often.

For even more specific tips, try:  http://blog.bendbroadband.com/residential/2013/10/01/eight-tips-for-a-strong-password/

 

 

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