Securing your online presence – Part 1: Passwords

These days everyone is getting hacked. If the CEO of Twitter got his account hacked, you could be next. Well, maybe not.

Often hackers will go for the easiest attacks first. The weak passwords, the poor security. It’s like going on vacation and leaving your door open for a burglar and the alarm off.

What should you do? First use a good password. ‘Password’ is not a good password. Make sure it’s at least 8 characters, more is better, and use a mix of upper case and lower case.

It could be better to use a passphrase, think 4 short words. This is much easier to remember as well. Try remembering ‘8jskTH4^%’. It’s hard, right? What are the ‘^’ symbols even called?

Now imagine a blue bird on a red bicycle. ‘Blue bird red bike’. There, you can remember that. Even better if you go ‘Blu3 bird’ as it mixes more character types and the number of possibilities for a hacker to try.

XKCD explain it better. And check out part 2 on using 2 factor authentication