Good Email Security - Strong and Unique PasswordsSubmitted by Prosperity Advisory Group on June 20th, 2018
The simple fact is this ... weak passwords are never going to protect you from theft or hacking. And it starts with your email. Consider for a moment what someone might learn about you should they gain access to your email account without your knowledge.
According to Keeper Research, the list of most-frequently used passwords has changed little over the past few years. Even with all the news of breaches and hacks, user behavior has changed little and user education has limits. In fact, their research goes on to show that 91% of people are using a password from the Top 1000 Most Common Passwords.
Additional research reveals that many people are still using passwords that are eight characters or shorter. One reason? People are still creating and using passwords that are, "easy to remember." Keep in mind, passwords that are easy to remember are passwords that are easy to be hacked.
It would take a computer less than half a day to crack any password eight characters or less. Not very secure at all.
But, by adding two additional characters to an eight-digit password and ensuring the password is a combination of numbers and symbols extends the time it takes a computer to crack the password years. Add two more characters, making it a twelve-digit password and it will take thousands of years.
A secure password is almost impossible to guess without some insight. The only way a hacker will break into your system is if they use specialist password-guessing software that will run through millions of combinations. The more complex the password, the more time it takes for the software to figure it out.
Here are some essentials for a strong password:
- Use upper and lower case letters
- Use numbers and special characters
- Use random numbers and letters rather than words
- Never use your birthday, hometown, school, university, or brand name
- Avoid common letter-number substitutions
- Think in terms of phrases rather than words
- Ensure your password is a minimum of twelve characters
Want to see just how strong your password is? Visit www.howsecureismypassword.net
And one more thing, don't use the same password across multiple email accounts.
Stay tuned for more information on ensuring you are "Fit-to-Click."