Today is “Change Your Password Day” in Australia, an idea by National E-security Awareness week.
Whether you live in Australia or anywhere else in the world, changing your password is always a good idea. Below are some do’s and don’ts for passwords:
- Do use numbers in the password
- Do make it difficult to guess
- Do make up words, or misspell words
- Do make it at least 8 characters
- Don’t put a “1” at the end of the password, this is too common
- Don’t use a word that you could find in a dictionary
- Don’t use the same password on every site. Web sites you use every day (e.g. Facebook, email) should always have a unique password, they’re more at risk.
To help you work out if your password is good you could try using a password meter. Click here for more information.
And you can use a password safe to keep track of all your complicated passwords. Click here for more information on password safes.
What are your suggestions for choosing strong passwords? Add your comments below and I’ll put them all together in a new article dedicated to choosing good passwords.