Password Checker

image-84Password checker is the highly technical name we’re using for this very important test you should do after you create your password. Easy peasy!

The discussion of passwords would not be complete without a strong word of encouragement from this writer to test your password using a password checker. You must test your password to make sure it meets minimum requirements for good passwords.

Why test? You have to make sure that an experienced 2nd party thinks your password is a good one.

Here are some resources to help you:

How hackable is your password? https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/22/uk/most-common-passwords-scli-gbr-intl/index.html

How to create strong passwords Perfect Passwords, Mike Burnett

NIST password guidelines https://pages.nist.gov/800-63-3/sp800-63b.html. NIST stands for National Institute of Standards and Technology

More NIST guidelines - we’re only human! https://spycloud.com/new-nist-guidelines/

Simple Ways to Increase Your Security https://www.techsafety.org/passwordincreasesecurity

Perfect Passwords from Mike Burnett is a good source I have used. It’s very practical and thorough. Check it out. It will help you.

Online password checkers

The test service I use (numerous online sites are providing this service) is my1login.com. I use this service because they’re number two on the Google search results. Number one on the Google search results is https://howsecureismypassword.net/. Take the time to test because the test only takes one minute. Seriously.

Now that we’ve agreed on using a password checker (right?) let's chat about creating passwords.

But, let’s chat about specifically creating strong passwords.

Strong passwords are very secure. Strong passwords will:

  • Use uppercase letters in positions beyond the first character
  • Use one or two numbers throughout the password, not just at the end and beginning
  • Use punctuation and other symbols as delimiters or bracketing throughout the password
  • Use spaces if the particular system allows
  • Be a minimum of 10 characters in length

Next, let’s look at some types of strong passwords that are very good.

Your password should contain at least three elements. These elements have no specific definition, but they might include characters, numbers, symbols, words, or phrases.

These elements can be loosely related and can sometimes employ repetition if used wisely.

Here are some examples:

  • Orchard/mak1ng-pies
  • Flour5&eggs&miLk
  • 2crazy@doghoUse.com
  • Turn left,r1ght,right

Randomness

Each element is an opportunity for randomness, and this is very important. Randomness is a goal because randomness makes the password harder to crack.

We hope this brief post on passwords will help you as you create strong passwords to protect your business, and perhaps your very way of life.

DTS InfoTech Can Help

We’re good with passwords. Seriously, we are. We use them all the time, so do our customers, friends, and family. Everyone uses passwords.

On the other hand, most small businesses do not have the expertise, technical resources, or time to understand all this password, cybersecurity, and technology stuff. If this describes you, we can help.

If you would like more information, please give us a call, we’re always happy to chat, and the call is FREE! Calls are always free.

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