How secure is your password?
Check yours out with this password checker https://howsecureismypassword.net/
It will tell you how long it would take for a pc to crack it. So, how do we make our passwords more secure?
A combination of upper and lower case with special characters is the most secure depending on the length and how inventive.
Here are some examples to show you the difference in just a few small changes using the password checker:
|Password||How long to crack||Reworked password||How long to crack?|
|securemysite||276 days||sEcurem&s1te||344,000 years!|
If you do not want to bother with remembering passwords, there are some good tools out there to help you keep them. One I like is KeePass (http://keepass.info/). KeePass is "the free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager." It can be loaded onto a flash drive and carried with you anywhere. It will generate strong, secure passwords for you based on parameters you can input. The only disadvantage is that if you are prone to losing thumb drives, this may not be for you!
Check out these websites for more hints and tips:
- 10,000 top most common passwords (Xato.net) - http://xato.net/passwords/more-top-worst-passwords/ includes a zipped downloadable list of the worst passwords
- How Secure is my Password? - http://howsecureismypassword.org/ includes tips for generating a strong password.
Keep in mind, hackers are always looking for ways to get your information. Changing your password is helpful, but a good, secure password is always a smart place to start.