Password Strength 101

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It is important to use consistent security methods among your passwords, even if they drastically differ. This will help ensure the safety of your accounts and especially your private information.

With the advent of social media, password security has become more important than ever. Simply using a birthdate or wedding day will no longer suffice as this information can often be easily acquired by a would-be intruder.

When choosing a password, it is important to use not only something meaningful – but to arrange it in a distinct and unpredictable way. Feel free to use an arrangement of upper and lowercase letters mixed with special characters.

Here are a few helpful tips:

  1. Most websites will allow many symbols to be used such as: @ % + \ / ! # $ ? , .
  2. A general rule of thumb is to make your password at least 8 characters in length – the longer, the better.
  3. Mix your password up by using the above, combined with at least three upper case letters.
  4. Change your password often.
  5. Use a variety of different passwords, even if you use the same theme.
  6. If you receive strange e-mails from an unknown sender – never click the link!

Most importantly, choose a password that you can remember!

Let’s say my name is John Smith and I was born in 1962. I could use a combination of my name and birthdate:


Tip: Notice that there is always a mixture of lower and uppercase letters. Using dictionary words in a single case makes a password much easier to crack. And note that you don’t always have to start with a capital letter and end with a punctuation mark – hackers expect that!

If you do not want to use personal information for your password, you can pick a random assortment of words and choose certain parts.

Eg. Flowers Bloom In May (FLR*blm05)

Want something totally random? Try our free Password Generator.

Password strength is an incredibly important aspect of being online in today’s world. Follow the above as a general guideline and your private information should remain safe.

Test Your Password Strength Now!



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November 4, 2014 / By: