When you’re on the internet, having a good, secure password is the first line of defense between you and hackers. You can have the best firewall, the most secure connection in the world, but if sensitive information such as your bank details are hidden behind a weak password, you are in great danger of being hacked.
Most websites and services typically demand passwords of at least 8 characters, but the longer you can make your password, the more secure it is. A sequence of 8 random letters can be hacked in under a minute, but a sequence of 14 random letters would take over 500 years. Of course it’s difficult to remember 14 completely random letters, but you can get around this by putting together a couple of words which aren’t connected but which are easy to remember for you.
Let’s say for the sake of argument you choose your favorite colour and your favorite animal as two random words. Passwords like “blueunicorn” or “purpleshark” are somewhat more secure from hacking, but to make your password completely safe, your next step should be to add either numbers, symbols or both.
A password like “blueunicorn123” or “purpleshark!!!” would be so secure that they would take hackers on a PC over a thousand years to hack. Your passwords don’t have to be meaningless jumbles of words and letters you can’t remember, as long as they have enough characters and variation.
Keep secure from hackers and stay away from common passwords like “password” or “qwertyup”. If you’re unsure, try checking your passwords on www.howsecureismypassword.net and see how secure you are.