Passwords, we all use them and almost every one of us has multiple passwords. For a long time the advice has been to use a style of password that incorporates:
- capital letters
- lowercase letters
So the example would look like this
That is the word password, but using all the proper bits. (Fun fact, the word ‘password’ is the most used password)
Now this has been the standard we have all been aiming for since 2003 when a guy called Bill Burr, a security expert working with the US Government, told us that is what we should do.
Well Bill has come out recently and admitted he has made a mistake. What we should be doing in todays hacker-bot filled world is use a passphrase. Such as
Now this is supposed to be a lot safer and harder to hack than these weird looking made up words that incorporate symbols, letters and numbers.
I’m no security expert but I follow a few rules on my choice of passwords – and there is an ever growing list of them.
- Don’t use the word password, (or HorsestablecartTrailer ) as your password
- Don’t write down your passwords and leave them by your computer
- Use different passwords for different sites
- Use a password app – like LastPass
If you follow these basic rules you should OK.