We’ve all heard that it’s important to create strong passwords to keep our online accounts safe. But what is a strong password, and how do you create one? That seems to be a popular question nowadays.
Below I’m sharing 5 ways to create strong passwords that will help keep your online accounts safe and secure.
5 Way to Create Strong Passwords
- Use a different password for each of your accounts. Using the same password for multiple accounts is dangerous, because for instance, if someone discovers your Twitter password, now all of a sudden they’ve got access to all of your accounts. Even minor variations of the same password shouldn’t be used. Create strong and unique passwords for each account.
- Don’t use personal information in your password. A lot of people like to use their birthdate, a child’s birthdate, the name of your street or city, or other personal information as part of their password. This is not a good idea since this type of information is readily available. Use unusual words that others would not easily associate with you.
- Use a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. I recommend an 8-letter password that includes a good mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. The longer your password, the less likely it is that someone can guess what it is.
- Change your passwords on a regular basis. It’s very dangerous to “set it and forget it” when it comes to passwords. It’s a good idea to change all of your passwords every 6 months, and more often if you are concerned that one of your accounts may have been compromised.
- Keep your passwords secure. A good password manager will allow you to safely and securely store your passwords, because let’s be honest, it’s darn near impossible to remember all of them. I’ve personally used LastPass for about 4 years, and I love it. It’s safe and secure, and it’s a great way to keep track of my passwords without writing them down where they could potentially be found by someone else.
Two questions for you:
- When was the last time you changed your online passwords?
- Do you have any other tips for creating strong passwords? Share them in a comment below!