Here’s a riddle for you:
You hate them but they are invaluable. They protect you until they don’t. You think you have too many of them.
Do you have an answer?
We’re talking about passwords, of course.
Most people know today as “Cinco de Mayo.” We know it — seeing as how Cinco de Mayo fell on the first Thursday of May this year — as “World Password Day.”
So in honor of this momentous occasion, we are raising our margaritas to toast passwords. And we are offering you some password pointers.
Because we all know that stolen credentials are the easiest attack vector for hackers. Passwords can be stolen through phishing or even guessed at based on social media and open source info.
With that in mind, let’s get down to the nitty gritty:
- Longer and varied is better. Just two extra characters can make all the difference.
- Mix things up. Letters, numbers, characters … lots of them. More is good.
- Recycling is good, except when it comes to passwords. Don’t use the same passwords.
- Don’t be obvious. ‘123456’ or `password’ is just plain stupid. So don’t be stupid. To help you, here’s a list of passwords that should be off-limits.
- Two-factor authentification is a good thing. Click here for some help.
- We all have dozens of passwords. So use a password manager. We recommend Password Safe.
- If you can keep only one secret, make it your password. Each and every one of them.