Creating strong, unique passwords is one of the best defenses we have against cyber criminals. However, it can be a challenge to come up with a new password every time we sign in to a new account. At CRU Solutions, some of us have over 50 password-protected accounts. Do you know how many passwords you use?
Here are some tips to help you create strong, unique passwords and keep them safe:
- Experts generally agree that a strong password contains at least 8 characters and includes a mix of numbers, special characters, and upper- and lower-case letters.
- Use a different password for every account.
- To keep your complex and unique passwords safe (and not forgotten), use password-protecting software. PCMag.com recently compiled a comparison of the best password managers to give you a start.
- Don’t write your passwords on sticky notes and put them on (or even in) your desk.
- Avoid dictionary words. If you use a single word as your password, it’s hackable in under 20 minutes – maybe under 10.
- Stay away from passwords that are easily identified with you such as the names of pets or family members.
- Use a password on all mobile devices, making them as strong as the device will allow. Set your mobile devices to auto-lock to keep them even safer.
- Don’t share your passwords with anyone.