- 1. Be sure to include at least one CAPITAL letter
- 2. Be sure to include at least one allowable symbol (most web services will spell out which non-alphanumeric character are / are not allowed)
- 3. Be sure to include at least one number
- 4. Be sure to use at least 6-8 characters, if not more
The more I talk to friends and family about "Web safety," the more I realize that most people generally under estimate the importance of having a strong and somewhat abstract password (formula). For whatever reason (or perhaps due to the increase in family/friends chatter during the winter holiday season) now seems like as good a time as any to discuss the need for a mixed-character, mixed-size (i.e. caps and non-caps) password. Whether you just got a shiny new computer during Black Friday / Cyber Monday, have recently signed up for a new social network or other online service, plan to do some traveling this holiday season, or you've simply got a couple of minutes to spare it is NEVER too late to
change exchange your existing password for a more robust, less crackable one.
As a general (and obvious) rule of thumb, using your name (or a loved one/family member's name), date of birth, a pet's name, or some other easily guessable string of characters makes for a lousy password. However, as my parents lamented, those are the easiest things for most people to remember. So what to do then? Well, first let's just go over my extremely simple and easy rules for creating/changing "safe" passwords:
caution security. So what if you forget your password and have to request a new one by email...that's a bit less traumatizing than exposing yourself to identity theft or worse.
Che3rs + [email protected] H0Li.DaY5!
P.S. If you would really like to go all out, give this password creation method a try.