Did you ever wonder how strong that password was you just created for your online bank account, Email address or your favorite new website.Well hereís a free online password checker from the folks at Microsoft, The Microsoft Password Checker. that will let you check the strength of your passwords.
Here are some tips to create a strong password.
- Your passwords should be 8 or more characters in length; 14 characters or longer is ideal.
- Combine letters, numbers, symbols and punctuation marks.
- Use upper and lower case letters.
- Use spaces or underscores.
- Think of a sentence or a phrase that’s easy to remember, then substitute some numbers and symbols for some the letters.
- Use the name of your favorite sports team, then the number of you favorite player then add the last 3 letters of the website you will use the password on. That way you can have an easy to remember password that will change with each use.
Example: steelers35kevinscrate = sTe_3#ate
I have been using a similar phrase for sometime now and its. It easy for me to remember and it changes with every place I use it
Or you can use a password generator like the one from GRC.com Very secure but just try to remember it. Or you can choose a Password Manager and there are hundreds of them on the web. I like RoboForm and KeePass
Password strategies to avoid:
- Avoid using your login name.
- Avoid sequences or repeated characters. “12345678,” “222222,” “abcdefg,”
- Avoid using Birthdayís of you family.
- Avoid dictionary words in any language.
- Avoid using the same password everywhere.
And one more thing keep your passwords SECRET
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