How would you feel if someone broke into your e-mail or modified your website because your password was easily guessed? Imagine all the hassle and inconvenience of getting your website back up and working, or, in the worst case scenario, having to cancel your credit cards and other important information. This would prove an expensive undertaking, in terms of both time and money. However, it can be easily avoided by choosing a secure password.
As you can see, the importance of having a strong password cannot be stressed enough, and there are two main ways to make your passwords more secure.
Firstly, you can make your password as long as possible. As you can see in the graph below, the difference between 7 and 9 character passwords is substantial.
Secondly, you can use a combination of upper-case and lower-case letters, and numbers and symbols. A lot of people prefer to use simple words, names or places, but these can be easy to guess. It might help you to make up a story that corresponds with your password. For example, ‘Jane climbed a money tree on 27 Victoria st!’ Could help you remember the password ‘Jca$to27Vs!’.
To see how small changes in the number and type of characters used in your password will help to keep it secure, take a look at the below graph. Summarised from a businessweek.com article, it stipulates how much time it will take a hacker’s computer to randomly crack your password.