Please note this is for personal use. If you are inquiring about business, we would be happy to assist you with a more detailed recommendation.
How do you create a “strong” password that is easy to remember and not easy to hack? While it may seem tough to do this, there are a few simple tips that can make it easy.
- Use a mix of alphabetical and numeric characters
- Use a mix of upper and lowercase
- Use symbols if possible
- An acronym can be helpful to remember
- Use a combination of letters and numbers within a word (for example – Co$T4-R1ca)
- A combination of two unrelated words
You want to choose something that is easy to remember with a minimum of 8 characters that uses as many of the techniques above as possible. Also, it is smart never to reuse an old password, or to use the same password in other accounts. Data breaches are very common. When your password is breached at a service, that service will usually make you change it. But the service where you re-used it doesn’t know that, so you just made that password very insecure. It is strongly recommended to change your password every 90 days and to use a 2-factor authentication when its available.
Now that we have discussed how to create a new secure password, let’s go over what you shouldn’t use:
- Your name is any form. – first, middle, last, maiden, nicknames or initials
- Any ID number or user ID
- Any common name
- Passwords with fewer than 8 characters
- The name of a close relative, friend or pet
- Your phone number, address, birthday or anniversary
- Any all-numerical passwords
Creating secure and unique passwords for every site or service, avoiding phishing sites and emails, and keeping your computer safe from password-capturing malware is also important. Yes, you should create a strong and secure password, but you need to do more than that. Using stronger passwords won’t keep you secure from all the threats out there, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.
Please note this is for personal use, individual use. If you are inquiring about business, we would be happy to assist you with a more detailed recommendation.