The 20 Password Commandments

One way to stay safe online: Be mindful of your passwords.

Just like how we’re being mindful of our house or car keys, our password details are the pathways to our most beloved accounts. Don’t let your online activities be ruined just because someone was able to hack thru your accounts because you pass in making your passwords secure. Your data privacy and security lies mostly on those, so be sure to read these password commandments to better optimize your online safety.

  1. You shall set strong passwords.
  2. You shall use multiple passwords.
  3. Ultimately, you should use different ones for each account.
  4. Remember this technique: “Easy to remember, yet hard to hack”
  5. “It’s about length, not complexity”

    Br3ak1ead&7 is harder to remember but easier to hack than the cool and suave “thunder showers before sunset”
    Likewise:

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    Photo source: http://xkcd.com/936/

     

  6. You shall create a secure password that makes sense to you, but not to others.
  7. Your password anatomy should look like this: uppercase letter, space bar, numbers, lowercase character, and punctuation.

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    Anatomy of a Strong Password (via Mcafee infographic)


  8. You should use at least eight characters with the said anatomy on Commandment No. 7
  9. You should change your passwords regularly.
  10. You shall not share them with anyone. Keep them to yourself.
  11. You should add the account type to your password, for added security.
  12. Be a watchdog when entering your passwords. Make sure no one watches you logging on with those little keys.
  13. You should always log off if you leave your device and anyone is around. A minute is all it takes for someone to steal or change them.
  14. You should use comprehensive security software. And keep it up-to-date.
  15. You shall avoid entering passwords on computers you have no control – internet cafes, library servers, etc.
  16. You shall avoid entering passwords while using unsecured WiFi connections and hot spots.
  17. You shall understand that it’s acceptable to write down your passwordsBut please, oh please, keep them away from your computer and mix it in with other numbers and letters so it’s not apparent that it’s a password.

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    It’s up to you to write down your password, or make a “tip sheet” (Free stock photo from pexels.com)

     

  18. You should make your “tip sheet.” Something like a cue card to remember your password. But please, again, don’t directly reveal it.
  19. You should be mindful of your password strength.
  20. You should sign up for best password managers or strength analyzers.

Sources: change my password infographic, blogs.mcafee.com

This article is in line with #CyberSecurityAwarenessMonth – “Connected Communities: Staying Protected While Always Connected.” Stay safe online by being mindful of your passwords!