It’s Monday – Have You Changed Your Password Lately?
Please read the article below, and please share this our post with family, friends, coworkers, etc. This is important stuff.
Weak passwords continue to be one of the first and worst ways that hackers gain account access.
The US Government recently changed their official password safety guidelines. Updates can be found at the article below.
This is really important, folks. Old guidelines usually just had people replacing letters in short passwords with digits and symbols. Example: Password = favorite pet’s name, but instead of just typing “favoritepet” it would be something like this – “Fav0r!tepet.”
Problem with that type of password – it’s personal, and it’s not very long. Short passwords with personal information are fairly easy for computers to crack, even if they look complex.
Lots of reasons for this – some are in the CERT article below, and we’ll cover others in the future.
For now, just know that longer pass phrases, with words that don’t fit together in every day life, are the easiest way to avoid many password hacks.
Here are the new guidelines.
- Use different passwords on different systems and accounts.
- Don’t use passwords that are based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed.
- Use a combination of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
- Don’t use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language.
- Develop mnemonics such as passphrases for remembering complex passwords.
- Consider using a password manager program to keep track of your passwords.