How to Build a Better Password & Test It

Why are strong password important?

Is your password:
  • password
  • abc123
  • 12345678
  • letmein
  • qwerty

Don't laugh, these are common popular password that many people actually use. Even worse they use someone's name, birth date, where they were born. Still worse, they use the exact same password every where.

Why is this so bad? If someone knows even a little about you, they can start guessing and figuring out your password. Dictionary attack programs can very quickly throw million of words in seconds and find your password.

Then once the crooks have your password for one place, they start trying that password on your e-mail, banking and other financial sites.

What makes a strong password?

A strong password should follow these rules:
  • It needs to contain special characters such as @#$%^&
  • It must be at least 8 characters long.
  • It must not have any common words such as 123, password, your birth date, your login name and any words that can be found in the dictionary.
  • a variation of capitalization and small letters

How can you test your password

The Password Meter

Microsoft Password Checker

Password Manager

KeePass Password Safe - This is the password manager reccomended by Tom Eston, our February speaker.

Sophos, an anti-virus and security company provides these tips & tricks in the video below.

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