The prospect of creating a strong password, changing a password, or using multiple passwords makes many people anxious because they believe it requires memorizing multiple complex passwords, such as Wts4e_79PBa13^_qnS. The result is that people find the task so daunting that they continue to use one password. This just isn’t safe, particularly if the password is a simple one.
Safe passwords don’t have to be hard to create; they just have to be hard to guess. Here are a few ground rules:
- Use unique passwords on sensitive sites so that, if one password is compromised, all of your Web information isn’t compromised.
- Passwords that are short, simple words or include numbers that relate to personal information (such as birth date or address) are easy to guess. Don’t use them.
- If you made hard-to-remember passwords, you probably did so because your business or a website forced you to. In this case, you’re likely to have a list of the passwords next to your computer — even though you know this also compromises your safety. It’s okay to keep the list, just put it in a safe place that’s not near your computer.