How to Create a Strong Password … and Password Mistakes to Avoid

How to Create a Strong Password … and Password Mistakes to Avoid


(typing) – Sometimes it feels like in
order to log on to a website, you need to have 100-character password, submit genetic testing,
and rub your belly and head at the same time. – Oh no! (whooshing) – The truth is, passwords are a pain, but they’re good for you. Privacy should always be top of mind. Jessica Naziri here, covering
technology and privacy for people like you and me. Did you know that October
is Cybersecurity Month? And yeah, nowadays, there is a celebratory
month for everything. Well, ComTIA and I have
partnered up because we think that cybersecurity is so important and shouldn’t be limited
to just one month. So here are five tips
to help you stay safe online all year round. (upbeat music) Okay, so let’s start off
with the No No No No, or some of the biggest
password mistakes people make. Number one, not password
protecting your mobile device. Believe it or not, 52% of
people are guilty of this. When setting your device password, it’s smart to avoid common choices like one, two, three, four, zero, zero, zero, or five, six, eight, three,
which spells out love. Number two, remembering
passwords on a device. Never use the save or remember me options on a public computer. The next user could easily
access your account. Number three, I know, we all
hate resetting our passwords every three months. And as soon as you start to
remember your password by heart, you end up having to reset it again. But hey, it’s better
to be safe than sorry. So make sure not to
recycle the same password. Number four, being too familiar. Don’t use dates or names of
loved ones or anything else that can be found with some good old online
research and Google. While these may seem simple,
some of us need a reminder if we don’t have our IT
team to give us the nudge. And hey, I’d rather be on the
IT’s good side, wouldn’t you? So you’re probably
wondering, what should I do. Do use two-factor authentication. This requires two different
methods to prove identity before you can use a service. Okay, so now let’s play a little game. Did you know that the
most common password is one, two, three, four, five, six? I know. It’s hard to believe, but according to the National
Cybersecurity Center’s Global Research, those made the list of the most
common passwords in the US. A good rule is to make sure that somebody who knows you well couldn’t guess your
password in 20 attempts. Use a combination of upper
and lower case letters, non-sequential numbers,
and special characters. Even if the requirement
is six to nine characters, expand to 12, 16, or even more to give yourself a stronger password. So, there you have it. If you wanna know more about
how to set up a safe password, check out CompTIA.org and
we’ll see you next time! (upbeat music)

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