Tips for a Strong Online Password
An article from the Homes.com blog.
Posted by: RET Staff
This week, LinkedIn experienced a severe security breach that may have put upwards of 6.5 million passwords in the wrong hands. The social media site did its best to conduct damage control by being open about the problem, encouraging their users to change their passwords immediately.
Don’t delay – if you have a LinkedIn account, change your password as soon as possible. Even if your password wasn’t one of the ones compromised, why take the risk?
LinkedIn has provided some helpful tips on how to create a safe, reliable password. Here are some of our favorites:
The spice of life.
Celebrate variety! Even though you’re probably using a handful of different social media platforms, don’t use the same password on all the sites you visit. While it might be easier for you to remember, it puts your safety in jeopardy. (A helpful hint: keep a spreadsheet on your computer with a list of all your logins and passwords and update it frequently so that you don’t get confused or forget any of your passwords.)
Passwords that exceed 10 characters are harder to crack. You could try combining words or adding numbers in order to lengthen your password.