One of the easiest ways to protect yourself from hackers is to use a strong password. Human nature tells us to use the same or similar passwords across different applications; and given a choice, most of use would use something very simple that we could easily remember.
This, however, leaves you open to attacks. Hackers like to use "guessing" - a technique in which they repeatedly guess words or phrases using your children's names, sports teams, etc. There is also an automated program that hackers use called an Online Dictionary Attack. Here, the program attempts to log on using a different word from the text file on each try. These are only two ways that hackers attack your system but there are many, many more. The best method of defense is to learn to create a password that is safe and you can remember.
THINGS NOT TO USE IN YOUR PASSWORD
- Your Birthday
- Any part of your name
- Your mother's maiden name
- Names of your children or pets
- City where you were born
- Local sports teams
- Any part of your address
TIPS ON CREATING A SECURE PASSWORD
- Replace a letter with the same character every time you make a password. EXAMPLE: Use % instead of an A
- Use a minimum of 9 characters
- Make sure to include upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
Attacks can be slowed down significantly through the use of strong passwords.