Strong Passwords are Critical

Online theft of private information has hit an all time high, so having a strong password is more important than ever before.  We’ve all heard that it’s a bad idea to reuse the same password on multiple sites, but it’s also important to have strong and effective passwords.

Suzanne Kantra at Techlicious describes in her article The Easy Way to Make Strong Passwords, some great tips for strong passwords.  Kantra states that the usual definition of a strong password is one that has:

  • at least 8 characters (the longer the better),
  • a mixture of upper and lower-case letters,
  • numbers,
  • special characters, such as “!” “#” and “?” (if the site or service allows)

In fact, she claims that the biggest determinate of strength is length of password.  Short passwords are much easier to break.

To test the strength of your password, you can go to PassFault.com, a site created by a well-respected computer-security expert, according to Kantra.  At this site you can get an estimate of how long it would take to crack your password.  Ideally, passwords should last centuries, but at the very least take a year or more to crack.

Keeping track of many unique passwords can be difficult, so a password manager can be helpful.  There are some available for your computer such as Mozilla Firefox Web browser.   It’s also important to keep up with your smartphone passwords as well. Norton Identity Safe (free on Norton.com) works on PCs, Macs, Android devices and iOS devices. It will store your passwords under one strong password, as well as other security features.

To read the entire article go to http://www.techlicious.com/how-to/the-easy-way-to-make-strong-passwords/

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