If you're like me, you have a small number of passwords you use on your various sites: bank accounts, email accounts, credit cards, blogs, etc. And while I worry sometimes about the security of my accounts, I also find it aggravating to have numerous passwords to remember. However, here's a very interesting article on how hackers can hack into your passwords.
My son works for Microsoft and says the best protection against having your passwords hacked is to employ "good password standards." For example:
- Don't use a single word - multiple words are better.
- Use multiple "character types" - upper case, lower case, number, or symbol - in your password. Microsoft requires three character types.
- Have a minimum password length. Microsoft sets theirs to 7 or 8, I would set it to longer personally.
- Make your passwords expire: that way there's a limited window of
opportunity that hackers can use your password before they're required to steal