Posted in: Website Security
While website administrators fret over the security of their software from a programming standpoint, most of them fail to realize that they’re their own worst enemy. The single biggest threat to your security is a weak password. By understanding how to make a strong password, you can avoid becoming the victim of hackers.
Step #1: A Password is not a Word
Sadly, the word “password” makes it seem like your security credentials have to be a word. Nothing could be farther from the truth. A password should be a mix of numbers, upper and lowercase letters and symbols. For example, instead of the word “security”, you’d do better to use a symbolic password such as “53UritE!”. This makes guessing the password nearly impossible.
Step #2: Length
Using a longer password is always more secure. Each character increases the security of the password exponentially. The minimum length accepted by most websites is 8 characters. Remember that this is a minimum, not an optimum. You should endeavor to make your password as long as is practical for you.
Step #3: Convenience is Dangerous
One of the most dangerous security trends is the “convenience” offered by sites that allow you to log in to several different sites with the same password. This is akin to using the same key for your house, your car, your safe deposit box and everything else. Avoid this at all costs. It’ll save you a lot of headaches in the future.
Step #4: Change them Frequently
Remember to change your password frequently. If you suspect the security of your site has been compromised, change the password to something completely unrelated to your former password. This is imperative. If you’ve made sure that you don’t use any of your passwords on more than one site, you can be more certain that one hack won’t cascade into a series of other hacks.