Ever get your Gmail account hacked? Or your Facebook?
Hackers are running programs 24/7 to crack users’ passwords. The more obvious you make it, the easier it will be for them to take over your account.
The obvious DON’Ts are to not use: your name, address, phone number, any birth date, kid’s name, pet’s name, places, or anything spelled backwards.
Make it something you’ll remember…
If you are having trouble picking a good password that’s easy to remember, one good method is to use the first letter of each word in a phrase… remember to use upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
Here’s an example…
Our daughter Julie was born in 1998 – becomes – OdJwbi1998
Now for banking you can add ‘ba’ to the end (or beginning) – OdJwbi1998ba
for Facebook – OdJwbi1998fa
and so on… One password for everything that you can remember!
Maybe use an event that stands out in your mind…
In 1994 we went to Disney World – I994wwtDW
Want to make it even more difficult? Add one or two of these…. ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( or ) to the end.
INTERESTING FACT: Using *(*(*( at the end of your password makes it millions of times harder for someone to crack.
If possible, change your password every month or two.