December 3 – Use hard to guess passwords

Every year, malware and spam messages use to increase when it’s Christmas time. That’s why our security tip #3 is to use hard to guess passwords. There are a lot of things to consider in order making sure you have a password that is hard to guess. To create a hard to guess password, we recommend that your passwords should:

  • be at least 8 characters long
  • have special characters/symbols in it
  • have a mix of upper- and lower-case.

You should also have different passwords on different sites, and change them often. This, while good, is quite hard to follow, which means that people most of the time pick easy passwords and tend to use the same password for many sites. In order to avoid this, it’s best to automate the password process, with an application that handles all of this for you. If you want to learn more, we have written a previous blog post about the importance of not reusing passwords. Microsoft has also written about this subject, and they have some tips as well as a password checker to see how secure your password is.

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Previous security tips from our Christmas calendar