Passwords Jul 20, 2017 1:12:38 GMT -6
Post by Mini Mia on Jul 20, 2017 1:12:38 GMT -6
Passwords should be a jumble of letters & numbers... Capital & small letters... over 10 "digits"... 13 to 16 digits is best:
Some sites have to have a letter as your first "digit"... other sites don't.
"Friends" who know you pretty well can figure out your 'secret questions'... or you might "share" too much info about yourself to an internet "friend" who then figures it out... so it's best to lie:
Question: What City Were You Born In? [Most family & friends will know the answer.]
YOUR Answer: Jupiter Venus New York City -OR- 8hG7f65eD43Cb21A - be sure to make it different from your password.
Put this info in an email or word document and save it to a CD or disc... also print it out and keep both disc & printout in a safe place where no one else can find it. Print out a second copy to keep in a fireproof safe, freezer, or wherever it won't burn up. Do not save the info to your hard drive in case someone hacks into your computer and goes through files in search of such information. Or, use a password on your document file/folder.
Part of the trick is to occasionally change the passwords - and don't use the same password everywhere. And if possible, use all four categories: upper case, lower case, numbers, and special characters ( $ or ~ or ^) - that makes cracking your password much more difficult. Consider doubling your password too. If you were using 1qazXSW@ - then use 1qazXSW@1qazXSW@ or 1qazXSW@@wsxzaq1. A doubled password isn't harder to remember but the additional characters seriously complicates things for crackers.