Creating a Strong Password in the Wake of Heartbleed
Even if you haven’t read a single story on it, you’ve probably heard your fair share of information on the OpenSSL security breach that wreaked havoc across the web; the Heartbleed Bug. The Heartbleed Bug, in the simplest of terms, is a bug that allowed hackers to all too easily steal our sensitive personal information as well as our financial transaction data over the course of the past two years.
As websites and social media sites scrambled to find a quick patch, users across the internet were being supplied with the same advice; change your passwords. It is these types of security breaches that serve as a reminder to web using businesses and individuals – including businesses such as App Development Denver – about the importance of taking the creation of our passwords seriously.
The sentry that protects all of our sensitive information from most would-be hackers – at least that is what we hope – is the password. We know this, we understand this, yet we still commonly use passwords that are all-too easily figured out. In fact the most commonly used passwords from breaches in 2013 were “123456” and “password” respectively.
One of the best pieces we can provide you with is this. Don’t wait for another major security breach before you think about safeguarding your sensitive information. With World Password Day just a few short weeks’ away (May 7th), now’s the time to put the following tips into effect, anytime you create or change your password.
Tip #1: Mix it Up – Many websites require passwords that are lengthy in nature, typically a minimum of eight characters. Most require the use of a password containing at least one number, one uppercase and one lowercase letter, and one symbol.
Tip #2: Avoid Making it Personal – Making your password personal can provide would-be hackers with your personal information. Needless to say, we hope, this is a definite NO when it comes to making a strong password. It is advisable to stick away from your pet’s name, your birth date and your favorite color.
Tip #3 – Avoid Using the Same Password Over and Over Again –Avoid using the same password throughout the internet especially on websites that contain your email, social networking, app development Denver and online banking information. We recommend creating a new password for each new website you sign up for.
Tip #4 – Use Password Lockers – To further enhance your security, you can opt to use a password locker, as they allow you to securely log all of your passwords into their secure database. This means you won’t have to remember all these passwords!
If you would like more information on incorporating a strong password into your website, or app, please feel free to contact us at info@InspireSmart.com or call us at (303) 630-9402(303) 630-9402.