InfoSec Blog - Will Your Password Be Unbroken?
September 1, 2016
Did you know that most passwords are easily broken? Have you found it hard to create a good, strong password that you can remember? Creating a strong, but easily remembered, password can be a challenge, but a few "secrets" can help you. Check out the dos and don'ts below.
Do you want to create a strong password? (Your answer should be YES.)
- Use at least 8 characters, preferably more
- Use a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols
- Create an easy-to-remember passphrase by choosing a phrase and adding numbers and symbols. Length is more important than complexity. For example:
- "It might seem crazy what I'm about to say" becomes "Itmightseem7CrazywhatI'mabout56to$ay"
- Fairly easy to remember, but far stronger than a typical complex password such as 79RtiO)m^B or something similar
- Consider using a password safe or manager such as LastPass or KeePass
- Change your password or passphrase regularly
- Be sure you're on the correct website before entering your password or passphrase
You won't do these things we're asking you not to do, will you? (Your answer should be NO.)
- Don't include your username or account number in your password or passphrase
- Don't use the same password for multiple services
- Don't use a single word, in any language
- Don't use consecutive repeating characters or a number sequence
- Don't use your pet's name
- Don't use your birthdate, address, phone number, or any other type of information someone can easily obtain
- Don't share your password or passphrase
Source: Educause Security Awareness