So, my website had a breach last week. Someone hacked in and put up some nefarious redirects in my footer. I am thankful for the kind reader who took the time to contact me and let me know. Also a big thanks to my wonder IT husband who took care of it right away.
I was lucky. DH was able to clean up the redirects easily but I tell you, he was not impressed when I told him my password had been password.
“What?!? Have you not read about the importance of having a strong password?” Yes, yes I have but with so many passwords required for so many things, I tended to stick with easy to remember and consistent passwords. After all, who would want to do anything to my blog? *Newsflash* Sadly, there are bad people out there and we need to protect our sites, our identities etc. with good passwords. You may think (like I did), that it won’t happen to you or that you have nothing to steal but it will and you do!
Top Passwords to Avoid
According to DH and a number of other sources, password is the worst password to use because it is the most easily guessed. Who knew?
Making a Strong Password
Let me share with you some security tips and ideas for making a strong password; a few direct from my genius DH.
- the longer the better
- making it alphanumeric with non-consecutive numerals
- try and avoid using real words found in the dictionary. (Though it would be hard to come up with a real word that wasn’t in there! LOL)
- do not use names, birthdays, anniversaries etc.
- add a capital letter or two to mix things up
- use different passwords for each thing that requires a password. It ensures that if there is a breach that it isn’t too widespread.
- check the strength at Password Meter
- change up your password every so often. I’ve read every 6-12 months
- replace one or two letters in your password with a symbol
- replace letters with numbers like E with 3 or I with 1
- never share a password via email
- do not (obviously) share with anyone else
Do you have a good password? Please share…just kidding! But feel free to tell us if you have any security tips!