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Say goodbye to your easy passwords

  • Posted by:
  • Daniel Lee
  • Tags:
  • Security, Last Pass
  • Posted date:
  • 13-12-2013
Say goodbye to your easy passwords

Online security is overlooked by many web users thinking it won't happen to me. Understanding the true extent of security measures can be overwhelming, often time consuming and seem like an overkill in protection. Easy Domains have to be security conscious with everything we do, we think it is only fair to inform our clients and readers of a few simple facts and solutions to help improve the state of their online security. Millions of web accounts are compromised each year by various types of hacking and scams such as phishing or brute force attacks. Do not become a victim to online theft, ensure you choose secure passwords for all of your online accounts.

Question - How often do you change your password?

We are guessing if you're reading this security blog post the chances are you do not change your password all that often. If you do have a password the likely hood is that it is going to be something memorable, consistent throughout all of your online domains. Something close to you, without doubt something easily obtainable by an unwanted third party.

A simple fact - You should consider changing your passwords often, more often = better; probably every 1 to 3 months.

A common problem with online security begins with the common password

Is your password listed below? The chances are you are reading this and you´re thinking that's my password. Easy Domains recommend changing your password right now as these are 20 of the most common passwords used to secure accounts. If you ask us, they´re an accident waiting to happen.

  1. password
  2. Password
  3. Passw0rd
  4. 654321
  5. 123456
  6. 1234567
  7. 12345678
  8. qwerty
  9. abc123
  10. 123abc
  11. 111111
  12. 123123
  13. princess
  14. starwars
  15. iloveyou
  16. qwerty
  17. Lovely
  18. football
  19. letmein
  20. sunshine

If your password isn't listed do not think you´re secure as this is only about 1% of the most popular passwords list.

How secure is your password?

Test how secure your password is with How big is your Haystack?You might be surprised to see how long it will take for a brute force attack to compromise one of your online accounts, seconds, minutes, if you´re really lucky maybe a couple of hours.

Top tips to making securer passwords

  1. Ensure your Password is at least 8 characters in length
  2. Never contain complete words
  3. Ensure it is totally different to any other password you've used
  4. Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters
  5. Use numbers
  6. Use symbols
  7. Most important of all never use the same password more than once

An example of a secure password utilising all of the listed points above - Easy_D0ma1n5. Do not use this as a password - this is for example purposes only.

A secure recommendation for your last password - LastPass

Taking in to account the details listed above we understand that memorising passwords is not always easy, especially since the secure password variations have added complexities.

LastPass is an online utility which generates the most secure passwords based on your password preferences, the best thing of all LastPass remembers the associated website that the password was generated for and signs you in. LastPass takes the hassle out of remembering all of your complex passwords by storing them in an online vault with exceptional levels of local encryption. The only password you need to remember is the one needed to access your LastPass vault - Easy Domains recommend you make this as secure as possible. Decide on a password you will remember, ensure it is a minimum of 8 characters, pad your password out with symbols, numbers and vary the characters between upper and lower case.

 

Visit the LastPass Website and discover the best in password management.