Creating a strong password doesn’t seem like it should be that hard but, surprisingly, many people still use shockingly obvious passwords. The password rules are easy and straightforward, making them very easy to follow.
- Always make your passwords longer than six characters
- Include a blend of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters
- Don’t use a name or any word in the dictionary
- Try using a phrase instead of a word
- Don’t use the same password on multiple sites
The most important of these rules is the last one. Unfortunately, that is the one that is most often disregarded. It is essential because someone may potentially crack your password for one account and then have access to each and every account you have on the web.
Multiple passwords can get tricky to keep track of but, luckily, there are tools for that. KeePass and Tiny Password are great tools for managing a database of passwords. It’s important to keep in mind that the hassle of remembering multiple passwords is nothing compared to the hassle of having all of your accounts hacked.
For more password tips and pointers check out this Lifehacker article.