Create a Secure Password

Create a Secure Password

We are constantly hearing about data breaches and stolen passwords. Therefore, we are constantly having to create new, stronger passwords and more often.  Every website or software product we use requires a strong password and the minute you set it up you know you won’t remember it. You can’t (or shouldn’t) write it down, and if you use a laptop don’t let your browser save your password or someone could get access to it. It can be a huge hassle coming up with secure passwords that you can remember.

A few factors to remember when creating passwords

Make it long – 15 characters or more 

Mix it up – Using a mix of characters (upper and lower), numbers, and symbols

Avoid common substitutions – Everyone knows to try a 0 in place of an o like in Passw0rd.

Avoid memorable keyboard paths – qwerty is an example of a keyboard path

February 1st was #ChangeYourPassword Day and I created this quick tip video:

The example in the video really needs a few more characters but you get what I’m saying.

I use the free version of LastPass to store my passwords and highly recommend it. It makes keeping up with the many passwords I use daily so much easier. I have a 17-character password to my LastPass account that I can easily remember because of the little trick in my video. With LastPass that is the only password I need to remember because it remembers all the rest!