We keep doing it, using the name of our dog or cat as a password and at some point, we are amazed someone breaks into our web space or bank account because it is so easy to guess. Here is an utility that creates safe passwords for you, a courtesy of Raboo Design. The only thing you need to do it to tell it how long the password should be, ideally at least 8 characters, and then hit the “Generate” -button. If you do not like the result, hit “Generate” again.
It’s a serious problem, I come across many clients who have passwords so simple that a hacker only needs 1 minute to get in. You could say that you never had any problems, but let me tell you, if you have a simple password and you have not been hacked yet, it is because your site has been overlooked so far.
There are loads of students and disgruntled people around who love to break in for fun, take away what they can and if they are malicious, leave some nasty pictures on your home page. It only takes a piece of software of about $75 to do the dirty work for them. You don’t need to be a computer wizz, it is dead easy to break a logical password.
A good password is illogical. It should contain upper and lower case, and it should be a combination of characters and numericals and if possible, special characters.
I know we are all faced with loads of passwords, but there is a simple trick: Write it down in little notebook especially dedicated for this purpose, and keep it in a safe place. Do not store passwords in a file on your computer, because:
- If your hard drive goes bad, you lose all your passwords.
- Someone can steal it, either through the internet, or by simply stealing your computer altogether
So, if you are one of the folks having simple passwords, make use of this free utility. After all, a password is like the lock on your back door. Better safe then sorry 🙂