Creating a strong password may seem like a pretty simple concept. In fact, many websites even tell you when your password is “good” or “strong”. Unfortunately, many people still overlook the vital rules to creating a strong password.
- Always make your passwords longer than six characters
- Include a blend of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters
- Don’t use a name or any word in the dictionary
- Try using a phrase instead of a word
- Don’t use the same password on multiple sites
The most critical of these rules is the last one. Unfortunately, that is the one that is most often overlooked. It is important because somebody may potentially crack your password for one account and then have access to every single account you have on the web.
Different passwords for every account may be hard to keep track of but, of course, there’s an app for that! KeePass and Tiny Password are two fantastic tools for keeping track of multiple passwords. Also, the trouble of keeping track of all those passwords is minimal compared to the trouble that comes with all of your accounts being hacked.
If you’d like more tips on creating and keeping track of strong passwords check out this Lifehacker article.