How to create a secure password

These days, the Internet is a huge part of our everyday lives.  We all have many accounts that we use, from our email to eBay, and passwords that we have to remember.  As we can access more of our sensitive data through the Internet, creating a strong password to keep intruders away from our personal info is more important than ever.

I’ve found that a strong password should contain at least eight characters and contain a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers and symbols.  Even just one uppercase letter in a password of lowercase letters makes it much tougher for a hacker to crack.  Another method that I’ve found to create a strong password is to pick three unrelated words and separate them with underscores.  For example, Red_Chair_Wall would make for a secure but easy to remember password.

If you ever find or even have the slightest concern that your password has become compromised, you should change it immediately to a password that is not at all similar to your old one.  Also, while I know it is much easier to use one password for all your accounts, it is much safer to use a different password for each account you have.  That way, if one account does get hacked, the rest of your accounts are safe.

However, you can do all this and still be in danger if you forget to logout of any account when you are using a public or shared computer.  If you ever use a computer at the library or that belongs to a friend, forgetting to log out before closing your web browser is asking for someone to hack your account.

While following these tips may seem like a hassle, it is very small compared to the headache that comes when your email or bank account becomes compromised.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure fits perfectly in this situation.

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