Tip #5 It’s All in the Complexity.
This is why it’s crucial when setting any important passwords to use complexity standards. These include using at least three out of the four standards in your password, which are: an upper case letter, a lower case letter, a symbol, and/or a number. In addition, you’ll want to make sure your password is at least eight characters long, with no real world words – especially no words that reference anything in your life, such as your hometown or favorite sports team that can be guessed by a hacker.
Luckily, Microsoft, along with a host of other sites, provides a complexity checker where you can make sure your password makes the cut. You can also check out Microsoft’s Safety and Security Center for more useful tips on password security.
How many of you are guilty of setting your Yahoo e-mail or other Internet account password to Password1? How about setting it to your favorite grand-daughter or pet’s name? Passwords like this provide little to no protection against determined thieves on the Internet from breaking into your online accounts. In fact, many non-skilled script-kiddies, or wannabe hackers who utilize readily available scripts on the Internet, can use a password attacker against your login account with relative ease.
Stay tuned next week for tip #6!