Password Dos and Don'ts_smallHere at BullGuard we provide all kinds of award-winning software to help protect your computers and phones and personal data, but it all really starts with one word: your password.

How Strong is YOUR Password?

 

Here are a couple tips to help you come up with the best password ever.

Password Don’ts:

  • 1. Don’t overcomplicate it, you need to remember it.
  • 2. Don’t use something obviously personal like your birthday, or some other factoid that hackers can easily find out about you online.
  • 3. Don’t tell anyone your password or write it down.
  • 4. Don’t have the same password for everything. If you get hacked, they can now access everything.

Password Dos:

  • 1. Create a long password. 12-16 characters is ideal.
  • 2. Mix in some numbers, symbols and uppercase letters.
  • 3. Use a phrase, you may be allowed spaces in your password, so craft a short sentence – this may be easier to remember.
  • 4. Change your passwords regularly.

Also, check out this cool article to learn more about how to create safe online accounts. If all else fails, be sure to back up your computer regularly with BullGuard Internet Security 2013, and use a password generator like Simple Strong Password Generator.

And again we ask: how strong is your password? Do you find these tips useful?

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy (200 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.


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