To commemorate World Password Day today, I thought I’d share my top tips for for creating passwords. They are very basic, but if you follow these guidelines, you will have a added layer of protection for your digital information.
1. A password should not be a dictionary word.
2. A password should not be easily guessable (i.e. “go pats”).
3. A password should not be obviously personal (i.e. “JonG”).
4. A strong password should be at least eight characters long and contain a mix of letters – upper and lower case, numbers, and special characters (such as !,@,#,$,%,&). The purpose of the numbers and special characters is to thwart or at least slow down any dictionary based attack tool.
5. No one should use the same password for business and personal life.
6. Change your passwords periodically.
Jonathan is President & CEO of SystemExperts Corporation, a network security consulting firm specializing in IT security and compliance. Jonathan started the company in 1994. He plays an active, hands-on role advising clients in compliance, technology strategies, managing complex programs, and building effective security organizations. Jonathan brings a business focus to this multifaceted work balancing all technical initiatives with business requirements and impact.