I realized earlier this week that it has been awhile since I posted a reminder about updating the passwords you use for personal and business accounts. As such, let’s get down to it.
It Takes More Than Capitalizing The First Letter Of Your Old Password
The sad truth is most passwords are awful; they are easy for hackers to crack because they are common phrases or numerical sequence like “123456.” And changing your password from “mahlerrox1” to “Mahlerrox1” doesn’t count as an improvement.
Fortunately, improving this part of your online security is easy, just visit a random password generator like the one from LastPass.com and it will do the heavy lifting in milliseconds. Keep in mind, a good password will be comprised of the following:
- uses at least 15 characters.
- uses uppercase and lowercase letters.
- uses numbers.
- uses symbols.
- isn’t your actual name or account username.
- isn’t a family member’s name or birthday.
- isn’t the name of a famous composer or performer.
- isn’t a word found in the dictionary.
Ideally, you’ll begin using a password manager like the one from LastPass.com (they have free and paid versions) but if you really want to get serious, you’ll consider bumping up to multi-factor authentication (MFA).
Not sure what MFA is? No problem, let acting legend and the grandmother everyone wishes they had, Betty White, bring you up to speed.