Today we observe World Password Day, a great time to remind everyone to ensure their passwords are unique, stronger and longer. Here are some tips to help you improve your Password:
Pick a song lyric, any song lyric
Consider this my favorite password tip ever: Use a long song lyric or catchphrase. They’re easy to remember, but hard for thieves to crack, especially if you …
…Add alphanumeric characters
Any strong password combines a mixture of numbers, letters and symbols. In other words, they look like this: s1leftthec@keoutintherain=(
Play with capitalization
Most sites will ask you to incorporate at least one uppercase letter when you set a password. Flex your overachiever muscles and use more. Or, at the very least, don’t capitalize the first letter.
Mix things up, like so: cuzTheh8ersgonn@h8H8h8h8H8!!!
Repeat steps 1, 2 & 3 across accounts
You don’t want to reuse passwords, no matter how complex, clever and/or easy to remember they are. Data breaches happen all the time and if a thief gets a hold of log-in credentials because of one, they’re known to try the pilfered passwords across the internet. In other words, they can steal your 401(k) log-in and use it to get into an online credit card account, too.
Change your passwords regularly
Just in case. Fortunately, there are an infinite number of ear worms, catch phrases and poems out there. Switch out the old for the new every six months or so. Use common trigger events, like New Year’s, the spring solstice or your birthday as a reminder.