Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tips for Stronger Passwords

Bill Carey, VP of Marketing for RoboForm offers these helpful tips and tricks to ensure that your password doesn’t make the annual list of the worst passwords in 2016!

1. Try the ‘First Letter’ method when creating new passwords. Take the first letter of your favorite expression, lyric, song or movie, etc., and put them together in a creative way. For example, the evolution of a password based on Frank Sinatra’s My Way may be:
 
  • For what is a man?  What has he got?
  • Turns into – Fwiam?Whhg?
  • It has capital letters, lowercase letters, symbols and is 11 characters long.  Pretty strong…

2. Passwords are the first line of defense for most business networks, but too many managers and employees continue to use easily hackable passwords containing names, birthdays, titles and other information hackers can find online in seconds. Instead, require employees to use passwords that contain both upper and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers. That makes it much more difficult for hackers to gain access. 

3. Change passwords every 30-60 days and use a different password for each site: Keeping the same password long-term is dangerous, and using a single password for multiple sites is just asking for trouble: In that scenario, all a hacker would have to do to gain access to sensitive data stored on numerous sites would be to crack a single password. Change passwords at least every 60 days and use a unique one for each secure site.