Want to learn more about password safety and how to create good, strong passwords? Well, that was the topics of my January 4, 2012 interview on WCBI’s MidMorning with Aundrea program.
Learn more about password security with this almost 5 minute WCBI interview:
To summarize this interview, a secure password should have at least 8 characters (use the whole keyboard — uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, and symbols) and be random. Your password should not be something personally identifiable to you (like your pet’s name or your favorite color). It should not even be a word in the dictionary in any language. Also, you should use different passwords for each account and, if you cannot remember them all, store them in a password safe like KeePass (it’s a free software application — you memorize the master password to it and it securely stores all your passwords within its encrypted and secure index).
Here are some tools and resources I recommend for creating secure passwords and/or testing the strength of your existing passwords:
- Free online secure password generator tool from PC Tools.
- Free tool to check your password — courtesy of the Microsoft Safety & Security Center.
- Examples of good passwords — article from MailerMailer.
- Article with 9 password safety tips — from the Shopping-Bargains Help Center.
Do you have any password safety tips to share with our readers? Please add them to the comments section below.