We see it all the time – email accounts hacked because of weak passwords. Although we’ve preached and preached about creating strong passwords, the hacked-email phenomena just keeps gaining strength.
Despite the fact that we have a free tutorial on creating strong passwords, computer users continue to ignore our heeding until it’s too late.
Once again, we’re urging you to go back and change old, weak passwords with newer, stronger ones.
Here’s another quick list of things to include in a strong password:
1) At least 8 characters
2) Alpha characters – both upper and lower case
Here are some things to NOT include:
1) Complete words – no dictionary words, in any language
2) No parts of your Social Security number
Here’s an example of one of our strong passwords: I2h1R2P0&c_
(Does our password look too complicated? We just used the first letter of each word in the phrase “I hate Reese’s Pieces and chocolate” That’s “I-h-R-P-&-c” We then put our two favorite two-character numbers in between -21 & 20, then added an underscore at the end.)