One of the easiest and most common methods criminals and hackers use to gain access to online accounts is by cracking easy to guess passwords. Conversely, one of the easiest ways you can protect yourself is by using strong passwords. Strong passwords are long passwords made up of letters, numbers and special characters that don’t follow a pattern. See the infographic below:
The problem with strong passwords for most people is that they are impossible to remember. And the experts recommend that you not use the same password twice, that you have a different one for each account!
Currently I have over 700 unique, strong passwords for all my online accounts. How do I manage all these strong passwords? It’s actually quite easy, I use a software tool called RoboForm.
RoboForm manages all my passwords for me so I don’t have to remember any of them. It also generates strong passwords for new accounts. It even fills my information in forms so I don’t have to type. So, now there really isn’t any excuse anymore for not having strong passwords.
For more information about web security we have just released a new 37 page guide on how to better protect yourself and your websites. Topics include:
- Password creation
- Password management
- Free programs to protect your computer
- How to spot computer infection
- Spotting online scams
- Securing your Wi-Fi connection
- Internet Security best practices
- Properly backing up your website
- Basic guide to website security
- Securing your WordPress website with plugins
You can download the book in PDF and ePub formats here: Web Security Guide