5 tips for creating safe, secure passwords

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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”.

Take action

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”.

One Comment

  1. Chuck,

    Great post and I also suggest that if you cannot create a unique password for every single site, create one strong password and have a variations to it. Then store all passwords as a clue, NOT the actual password. For instance, Usual + symbol so you know for that site it is your usual strong password, plus a symbol and it is a symbol you always use, for example. But the most important thing is to make your password strongs and do not worry about losing them. It is no big deal as you can do a password reset anytime you need to for most sites. I also suggest people use http://strongpasswordgenerator.com/ as it can create long and strong passwords and you can use options to make the password any way you want to create a strong password. Once saved you can then use it over and over with variations and then store the clue to what it is somewhere easy to get to, but not in visible site, but somewhere only you know where they are. It is painful to have a strong password, but I swear by it and so many people get hacked because they take the easy way and it is so much harder to unravel a hacked account than to do it right the first time.

    Thanks for this great blog Chuck!!!

    Linda, Dana and Joe

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