How secure is your password?

Passwords. We all use them, and most likely have created some that do not meet acceptable security standards. Even worse, we may be using the same passwords for different logins. Good passwords can be hard to create – we’ve conditioned ourselves to create pass-words that are hard to remember, but easy for machines to crack.


Even though methods of avoiding pass-words, such as biometrics, are becoming more prevalent, we still require pass-words to access many of our platforms and systems. Having a strong password is the first step to ensuring that access to our valuable data is secure.


When creating a new password, following established guidelines will help to ensure the password is secure. 


Use a long phrase that is easy for you to remember, preferably with non-dictionary words. Many password crackers use dictionary attacks to try figure out passwords.


Include numbers and special characters, such as punctuation marks, for additional complexity.


Use two-factor authentication wherever it is offered.


Never use the same password for different sites or platforms. If the password is compromised at one site, it’s a small step for a hacker to try use the same password at different sites.


Use a password manager.


A password manager is a secure vault that can store all your passwords (and other information if required). It’s se-cured with a master password that you provide. Make sure that this password is strong and easy to remember by following the guidelines above. This way, you’ll only ever have to remember one password. 

Many password managers come with extra features, such as generating new, strong passwords, automatically filling in passwords for you and syncing pass-words across multiple devices.