A Fun Way to Create Strong Passwords and Save Time
- Post by Janet Gehring
- January 25, 2018
The best way to create strong passwords is easier than you might think. And maybe kind of fun. Here’s how to get started.
Ok, coming up with passwords isn’t really fun. Especially when it seems like every time you turn around you’re asked to change one. But each time you change a password, you’re helping to protect your computer from being hacked. It’s worth it.
Plus, there’s a way other than choosing random streams of letters and numbers you can’t remember.
Put together letters and numbers that appear random but make sense to you. For example, mash together the address of your childhood home with the name of your office street. Or, a special birth date with the month of your anniversary.
Throw in an extra character or two, like an exclamation point or question mark, and you’re set.
Until we can unlock any device with a fingerprint (or retinal scan), here are some other best practices for passwords:
Avoid passwords that contain:
Creating strong passwords is a challenge, which is why many of the same passwords appear on “worst lists” every year. Here’s the 2017 list of worst passwords from Splashdata (123456 has been at the top of the list for many years):
Take the time to create strong passwords to protect your valuable information. Maybe you’ll have a little fun while you’re at it, too.
To learn more about how CRU Solutions can help with password management and other IT security issues, contact us.