Information from First United Bank Newsletter
With the popularity of the internet, more and more
people are accessing and storing their personal and business information on
line. All that stands between your sensitive information and someone accessing
it is usually your password. With the increase of web sites being hacked,
creating a secure password is more important now than ever.
yourself, which password is stronger - "K@%6Fos" or "MyPetLemurFrank". The
stronger password is "MyPetLemurFrank"! Shocking isn't it! According to the
information from the FBI, a "brute-force password cracker" or a program that
cycles through multiple password combinations could crack the first string of
characters in about 4 hours and the second string would take almost 317 years.
Here are some tips when selecting a password:
- Focus on length
rather than complexity. The best advice that cyber security professionals give
to people is to make your password 8 characters or more and then add special
characters such as a mixture of lower case and uppercase letters.
"pass phrases" rather than passwords. Again, length over complexity makes it
harder for people and programs to crack your password.
- If you are having a
hard time selecting a password, try using a site that automatically creates pass
phrases for you.
- And last, but not least â€“ do not write your password
down - remember it! It sounds obvious, but most people tend to write their
passwords on sticky notes or create password files.
** Joe Stone's personal advice: I don't not agree with trying to remember your passwords. There is software available that will manage all your different passwords. Just remember the password for your password software. We all visit lots of websites, so it really would be difficult to remember all the passwords, if you use a different password for each site.