If a hacker wants to access your site, then it is almost impossible to prevent him/her from doing this. Just ask, Sony and digital security firm, RSA. BUT, don’t leave the door open like most people do.
Let me share the secret now:
Use a password generator to generate a secure password and then use a password storage program to recall your passwords. It is impossible to remember many secure passwords. Use technology to help you!
The biggest reason that websites get hacked isn’t weak server security or necessarily very sophistication hackers, but 50% of the time it is because of a weak password. Yes, you’ve done it many times: use “password” as your password, or your name plus 123 as your password, or the most used passwords of all times: “123456”. Here is a very interesting list of the top password from a recent study by Imperva when 32 million passwords were hacked. Read the full story in PCWorld here.
Top ten passwords from this study (don’t use these!):
Now for the 3 tips:
1. Eight is a start: Use a password that is more than 8 characters in length. You are already way ahead of the game if you just follow this rule.
2. Use a password generator: Don’t use passwords that contain names, slang words, dictionary words, just numbers or just alpha characters. Use a password generator to generate a secure password. Here are a few options: strongpasswordgenerator.com and Long, easy-to-remember passwords (see below). If you have a Mac then you already have access to a very cool password generator as part of your Keychain app. You can also use LastPass.com to generate secure passwords.
3. Use a password storage program: As we mentioned before, LastPass.com is a very secure and good place to store your passwords. Others include 1Password for Mac and KeePass for Windows.
For the most part stay away for using your browser to store your passwords.
Let me repeat! You will never (unless you are this man) be able to remember your secure passwords. The trick is to generate a secure password using technology and then to use the same technology to retrieve these passwords.
This LifeHacker.com article makes a great case for using Long, Easy-to-Remember Passwords.
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