Choosing a safe and secure password
qwerty. qwertyuiop. 123456. 1234567890. password. Passwords. An absolute necessity in today’s digital age and also a nightmare to manage at the best of times.
Hopefully none of the above are used by you, as these are the most common passwords people use across their accounts, according to Wikipedia.
There are many strategies you can employ to manage your passwords, such as utilizing a password manager to store passwords, utilizing the manager to come up with unique passwords for your accounts, or just coming up with unique number, letter and alphanumeric characters yourself.
If you’re having trouble coming up with the right strength password, follow some handy hints below:
- Use number, symbol, lower and uppercase, and more than 8 characters. Your password’s length is the most important part!
- Ensure passwords are unique between sites (hackers know we’re lazy sometimes so will try the same password across all your accounts)
- Use two-factor authentication - 2FA - when offered by the site. This is when the site asks for a second layer of security before logging you in, like a passcode sent in a text
- If you want to use a password assistant, we recommend LastPass’s free version, which stores and auto-completes forms and passwords, so you don’t have to
Choosing a good password can be hard, but it’s a lot easier than spending countless hours on customer support to retrieve a hacked account.