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How to Create a Secure Password

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As technology continues to improve and grow in reach, we find it seeping into more and more aspects of our lives.

Online school, shopping, e-filing taxes, personalized care (Prose and Curology, anyone?), digitized health records, and it always starts the same way:

username:

password:

And so, as the reach and capabilities of technology continue to expand, our digital security inevitably becomes more and more important.

One of the easiest ways to keep your digital presence safe is by using a secure password.

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Criteria for a secure password

You’d be amazed at how many people use the word password as their password.

Or abc123.

Or qwerty.

Don’t do it.

I know it’s tempting, but the risks far outweigh the benefit of an easy-to-remember password.

Instead, use my Do’s and Don’ts to come up with secure passwords to use across your accounts.

Do’s

When it comes to choosing a strong password, DO:

  • make it long
  • Include as many of the following as possible: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols
  • use a passphrase

Don’ts

When it comes to choosing a strong password, DON’T:

  • use any of the following: favorite sports teams, actors, pets names
  • Include any PII such as DOB
  • reuse passwords
  • use common words

For more on PII and how to keep it safe >>

Examples of weak and secure passwords

Weak options

  • Lakers82 (sports team, year of birth)
  • so07171990 (initials, DOB)
  • Sparky#1 (pet name)

Stronger options

  • B1lly$hakesp34re
  • dR4G0nf1y
  • cY3er53cur1ty

Strongest options

  • $u$ZjPUa7cRRcS6a
  • A+9_PVQqq7G=&#Lv3C#X
  • -W5*key?tVKwBVyM+bY-@

Basically, the longer the password, and the more random it is, the harder it is to crack, even with password cracking software.

If these sound too difficult to come up with or remember, don’t worry. Check out my post on password managers!

Password managers >>

TL;DR

Using secure passwords is one of the keys to keeping your data and privacy secure in the digital world, on and offline.

If you found this post helpful, please be sure to share it with your loved ones and acquaintances alike. Online security benefits us all, and will only become more critical as technology’s presence grows in our community.

Get informed. Stay safe.

TheWhiteHatHACKER

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