By: Rich DeMuro
May 3, 2013
Choosing a password is one of the biggest decisions we make online. Yet many times, we don’t take it seriously enough.
Hackers work around the clock, figuring out ways to access accounts either for fun or to cause damage.
LivingSocial, Twitter, and Evernote are just a few of the recent and notable hacking victims.
Despite recent hackings, security expert Steve Gibson says there are ways to make our current password systems more secure. But before you make a secure password, you have to first identity a bad one.
“Probably the worst kind of password is something easy to guess,” said Gibson. “1,2,3,4,5, a, b, c, d, e, is a common word. Those are all not good because bad guys try those first.”
While it’s tempting to use the same password everywhere, if one of your accounts is compromised, hackers could gain access to other accounts.
“So a good password is one that is someone who is trying to get into your account has no way of guessing,” said Gibson. “If it’s random characters and letters, that’s the best thing you could use.”
Look into turning on 2-Step Verification. It sends a text to your cell phone when a new device tries to access your account.
Also, a password manager like LastPass can streamline the process. It generates complicated passwords and stores them, so you’re clicking “Forgot my password” less often.