Many people take for granted the importance and security of their passwords. In my experience as a Desktop Support person, I’ve seen people write down their passwords on post-its or pieces of paper and stick it on their computer monitor, some even share their passwords with friends or family members. It’s either that or they use weak and very predictable passwords like their pet’s name or their birth date.
Aside from negligence, the reason why some people’s email accounts or social network accounts gets easily hacked is because they use weak passwords. A good example of a weak password would be “password” which is #1 in the list of most commonly used passwords online. So what is a strong password? Strong passwords are relatively long (at least 8 characters) and uses a combination of lower and upper case letters, digits and symbols.
If you’re having a hard time creating or thinking of a strong password,
here are some tools that can help you:
Now that you have a strong password, please keep it and guard it with your life. That might be a little exaggerated but I know you get my point. I hope that after you read this post, you won’t be too lazy or negligent with your passwords and that you’ll practice safe computing from now on.
So how secure is your password? What are your methods of choosing or creating passwords? Do you know of other reliable password generators? Do you have any experiences of having your accounts hacked? Please share it with us.
Btw, do you know that Windows XP has a secret password generator? If you wanna know how to use it, you’ll have to come back next time coz there’s not much time left to talk about it here. So stay tuned!