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How to create a strong password in 2021 (Part 2)

How to create a strong passw...
Thank you for joining us again! In part 1 we talked about when you should change your password as well as tips on reusing password and why you shouldn’t do it. Today we are going to get to commonly used passwords and best practices. So without further adieu lets get to it!

Cyber security

Commonly used passwords

According to SafetyDetectives, they analyzed over 18 million passwords to compile a list of most commonly used passwords in the world. These are passwords you should avoid.

  • 123456

  • password

  • 123456789

  • 12345

  • 12345678

  • qwerty

  • 1234567

  • 111111

  • 1234567890

  • 123123

  • abc123

  • 1234

  • password1

  • iloveyou

  • 1q2w3e4r

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Best password practices

When it comes to passwords, length matters. You should aim to use at least 12 characters in your password. 12 should be your minimal length, the longer the better. Consider using passphrases by mixing various words together, add a number or two in between, and a special character.

For example, the word “December” is an 8-character dictionary word. It would take hackers just hours to crack this password. But if you mix a few memorable words together, such as “December2BearSlide^^”, then it becomes a 20-character strong password. Perhaps in December you saw on TV 2 bears sliding on ice, and it made you smile.

Do not use names of popular pop culture figures or your family members. The words or passphrases should be memorable but not things directly related to you. Here’s another example, “Rocket!Night4Station#”. Perhaps you saw the recent launch of SpaceX/NASA rocket carrying 4 astronauts through the night sky towards the international space station. This is a 21-character strong password that will be very difficult to crack.

In conclusion

Having a secure password is extremely important in the year 2021. We encourage you to follow some of these guidelines to best secure your online information. If we can be of any help or if you have any follow-up questions about password security, we would love to speak with you. Please call us at 1-800-232-3989 or contact us online.

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