It seems like everyday we are hearing of some Website has been hacked and oftentimes personal information and passwords have been compromised. ‘Knock on wood’, I’ve never had a problem with my passwords. I currently use LastPass.com which I like a lot and it has really helped me. I currently use a system that is very easy to remember for each Website. It includes all of the following in this order:
- the date of my wedding anniversary
- the year of a favorite childhood year (the year my father and I flew to a a professional baseball game)
- two or three letters representing the Website syllables. The first letter is capitalized. Example: for Facebook I might use ‘Fb’. For THIS Website, I might use ‘Pct’.’
- a time that you can remember. Example: 5:00
- Example (none of this is actually part of my passwords) 031579Fb@500
USA Today posted an article today about creating and using passwords, ‘Password tips you’ve never heard‘. The content of the video and the text are actually different and I recommend you watch the video as well as read the article.
Here is another article from Wired.com that offers excellent advice – 7 Password Experts on How to Lock Down Your Online Security.
After reading the Wired article above, I am going to start beef up my passwords by inserting a word into my password in between the two letters or something like that.
Click here for the Worst Passwords of 2015.
ZDNET.com – “One of the biggest hacks happened last year, but nobody noticed: Millions of email addresses, passwords, and cell numbers were in the stolen database, but questions remain over where the breached data came from.”
Dashlane.com – “Can You Trust Your Brain to Remember All of Your Passwords?“