While we are in our second full week of the new year, now is a great time to review your passwords. Most of us know that our passwords need to be stronger and more secure. Sure, a super-strong password may not matter for that new game app you just signed up for, but regarding your website, a strong password is critical.
WordPress is the most common content management system (CMS) and it’s also the most hacked. Weak passwords are a significant cause of these hacks. Here are some tips for password management so that you can make 2020 the most secure!
- Do not use the same password for everything, if you use the same password across multiple accounts and hackers gain access to just one of those accounts, they could possibly attempt to use the same password on your other accounts—including emails, bank accounts, and social media accounts.
- Use a password manager, this allows you to securely store all of your passwords in an encrypted application. Not only do password managers store your passwords, but they also have password generators that allow you to create strong passwords every time.
- Do not reuse passwords, once a hacker cracks one password, they try that password on every other type of account. For many victims, a systemic hack affecting multiple accounts could have been stopped if each account had different passwords.
- Never share your passwords in plain text sharing your password via any kind of unencrypted text—for example, sending an email—is not safe. Password managers have a feature where you can share a link that provides access to the password. The link expires after a short period of time creating a secure password share experience.
Password length is also very important in keeping your accounts secure. We recommend making your passwords a minimum of ten characters. It may take some time to remember a password with random symbols, letters, and numbers, but these passwords are the most secure and also add a level of protection and are strongly recommended.