Password cracking is increasing around the world as it becomes easier for hackers armed with powerful technology. The best way to protect yourself is to exercise some simple password dos and don’ts.
- Use a password that contains uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
- Consider using a password phrase instead of a password. Example: TheRedSoxwonin2013&2018.
- Make your passwords difficult to guess by avoiding obvious choices such as the name of a family member, pet or a favorite hobby.
- Change your password regularly and make your new passwords significantly different from previous passwords.
- Don’t use a single word password that can be found in any dictionary. Example: turtle, basketball, purple
- Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts.
- Don’t use popular keyboard combinations. Example: 123456, qwert, zxcvbn, !@#$%^
- Don’t have your computer save passwords automatically. If passwords become difficult to remember, try using a password manager (Dashlane, NordPass and RoboForm are a few reputable ones).