When I talk about transliteracy I often use this stat
It would take a hacker 5.15 minutes to hack your 6 character all lower case password. Add in numbers, symbols and capital letters and it goes up to 8.51 days
from a Lifehacker article, How I’d Hack Your Weak Passwords, as an example of import skills we aren’t being taught. Its simple its basic and so very important. I see audience members quickly writing this down and often am asked for more information. The time has come for a post.
A secure password should have:
- a minimum of 8 characters
- lower case
- upper case
Randomly substitute symbols and numbers into your password.
- Chattahoochee becomes Ch@tt@h00ch33
Use a phrase.
- Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue in 1492 becomes C$tob1492
Have more than one password.
I’m not going to tell you to use a different one everywhere, but have several and use the really complex ones on your bank account or retirement fund and by really complex I mean more complex than my examples
Change your passwords every six months.
I recommend changing them when you change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Do NOT use any of the following for a password
- Your partner, child or pet’s name, possibly followed by a 0 or 1 (because they’re always making you use a number, aren’t they?)
- The last 4 digits of your social security number.
- 123 or 1234 or 123456.
- Your city, or college, football team name.
- Date of birth – yours, your partner’s or your child’s.