If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know things are scary out in cyberspace.
That’s why we’re encouraging our clients to use this day to encourage password sanity among their user communities.
Just as you will likely comb through the treats your children bring home tonight, weeding out all the unwrapped candies and apples with razor blades, why not forward these tips as a way of weeding out easy-to-compromise passwords?
1. Don’t use simple words or number combinations.
2. Don’t use default passwords.
3. Don’t make your password a real word – use made up words instead.
4. Change letters for numbers and vice versa. Have your own system and share that system with no one.
5. Change your password often.
6. Make those changes in a systematic way that makes it easier to remember (but not easier to crack).
7. Don’t ever use family or pet names, birthdays, anniversaries, or anything that can be found on social networking sites.
8. Don’t share your passwords with anyone.
9. Don’t write your new password down.
10. If you have any password reminders on hand (like sticky notes under your keyboard or inside your desk drawer), get rid of them.