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by Eric P. Jackson

Don't Use Your Dog's Name and Other Password Tips

It's 2016, and you're probably still not using complex, secure passwords to protect your most sensitive online accounts. We get it, remembering secure passwords can be a real hassle. All those special characters...and was that a capital or lowercase Z? Well, there is a better way to avoid becoming a victim of password hacking:

Use a Password Manager

As of this moment, I have approximately 750 logins for which I'm responsible. That's client logins to sensitive business information, personal accounts, all important stuff that I don't want to fall into the wrong hands. Fortunately, I have only one password to remember; my master password for LastPass. LastPass enables me to keep all my logins secure, easily accessible...and essentially impossible to access by anyone else (with two-factor authentication.) 

Use Two-Factor Authentication

Yes, it'll take you an extra few seconds...but you'll also know that the only way someone could get into your accounts is if they have your password AND have YOUR phone with a randomly generated code that changes every 30 seconds. Turn two-factor authentication on and you're very, very, very hard to hack. 

Size Matters

Yes, the longer and more complex your password, the better. If you really want this to work in your favor, use a password manager that will generate a secure password of any length and complexity you choose. But if you're not into that, create your own using eight to 12 characters, upper and lower case letters, special characters, and numbers. 

Avoid the Obvious

Your dog's name, your mother's maiden name, your birthdate: all important things that a hacker will try first when trying to get into your accounts. And they have software that will take those pieces of information and use them every way imaginable...so stop using them. 

Be Greedy

Don't share your passwords. Ever. 

 

We challenge you to master the password. And if you are still using the same password for everything... well, good luck.