Internet security has become an issue recently, especially with that large network hack attack on the Sony Company. A strong password will protect your personal, sensitive information, including credit card numbers, social security number and other personal information.
Additionally, hackers and identity thieves have altered their methods to extend beyond high-risk sites. They now capture user information from social networking sites and other sites that require personal information. Therefore, your password strength should also apply to any site that requires personal information.
What Makes A Strong Password
The definition of a strong password usually differs by each site. For example, you may have noticed that some sites tell you the strength of your password as you create one. One site may tell you that the strength of your password is strong, while another site may say it is weak. This usually depends on the popularity of the site and its risk of account hackings. Here are some basic factors that make a strong password:
Any password that is at least 15 characters long
Any password that contains upper-case letters
Any password that contains numbers
Any password that contains symbols, such as @,#,$,%,&,*
Any password that is not a previous or already used password
Any password that is not related to a previous password
Any password that is not your name
Any password that is not your friends' name
Any password that is not your family's name
Any password that is not a common word
Any password that is not your login name
Follow these guidelines to have a strong password.