Eight Ways to Create Stronger Passwords and Protect Your Accounts

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The longer the password, the better.

This is the most effective solution to strengthening your accounts. Unfortunately, this is also one of the most commonly limiting factors as many sites don't support long enough passwords. This could be because site designers don't properly understand password security, or they are limited by some back-end systems. Many sites require at least one number, letter and special character, then limit the length to eight characters.

A better password is something that is more than a word or two words combined together, or ideally a sentence that is at least 15 characters in length. You can easily start better protection today by updating simple passwords to a longer passphrase. This becomes harder to crack for automated tools because the combination of characters has increased greatly. But in the event that a longer password is something simple, it could still present a problem.

Chances are that you or someone you know has had an account hacked. But do you know how the cyber attacker broke through? In order to truly understand how to protect yourself, you need to understand how personal security breaches occur.

In the movies, cyber attackers shuffle through papers and photos for clues, guessing passwords until they pick the right combination and are granted access.

That is not how it happens in real life.

Cyber attackers use tools to automate the process and then conduct mass attacks across the Internet. These tools use dictionaries, lists of common words or passwords, and then try each one in succession. The name of your dog and birthday don't come into play during an automated attack, and therefore don't matter.

Yet there are steps you can take to help keep your accounts from being breached. Security expert James Jardine of Secure Ideas shares simple ways to foil cyber attackers by creating stronger passwords.


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