There is a reason that some systems include a periodic, mandatory password reset or a maximum number of failed responses before you get locked out. Passwords that are too simple or easy to guess can cause a nightmare if compromised.
We have assisted clients with GoDaddy who have had their accounts compromised, which resulted in their website pointing to a spam site. We have helped clients who have had their email accounts hacked and suspended. Either way, security problems are stressful, but they are unnecessary if you practice better password management.
So, try these 7 easy steps before it is too late.
1) The longer the password, the harder it is to break. Try to keep your passwords at least 6 characters long.
2) As a general rule, the following character sets should all be included in every password:
- Uppercase letters, such as A, B, C;
- Lowercase letters, such as a, b, c;
- Numerals, such as 1, 2, 3;
- Special characters, such as $, ?, &
3) Use anti-malware software to protect your browser from keystroke attacks or worse.
4) Don't share passwords with non-essential contacts.
5) Change passwords on a regular basis.
6) Don't use the same password for all your accounts.
7) Remember to logoff before you leave a public workstation.