5 tips for creating safe, secure passwords
Staying safe online isn’t really that complicated. It’s mostly common sense. One of the most simple and important tools in your digital arsenal is creating and safeguarding a decent password. Here are a few tips to make sure you aren’t making it to easy for the “bad guys”:
Top password safety tips
1. Use a different password on every site. Sure, it’s easy to reuse passwords. It also means that if someone gets that password, they can get into everything.
2. Don’t use stupid passwords. Yes, there are still people who use “password” as their password, and they deserve whatever happens when someone gets into their accounts. Believe it or not, it’s the second most commonly used password after “123456”. If you use any of the horrible passwords on the annual list of most commonly used passwords, change them now. I love baseball (#8) and football (#10) as much as any red-blooded American guy, but they make lousy passwords.
3. Don’t use easy-to-guess passwords. It’s simple to remember your anniversary, the dog’s name, the model car you drive and your home phone number. Those are also the first things anyone who knows you will guess.
4. Don’t write your passwords on yellow sticky notes. I was just in someone’s office last week who had their passwords for all the popular CRE listing sites stuck to their monitor. Seriously. There are quite a few great password management programs and apps out there for Windows, Mac and all mobile devices – use one, and be sure your master password to open the program isn’t “password”.
5. Don’t use words from the dictionary. Password cracking programs can run through common words quickly. Choose something that’s at least 8 characters and has numbers, lowercase and capital letters, and special characters in it. Random is good. No one is going to guess “Hsj4SF#6”.
By the way – to change your password in ClientLook commercial real estate CRM, click your name in the upper right corner of any page and choose “Edit profile”.