Our research shows that there is a real disconnect between the understanding of why we need strong passwords
and the action people take to keep them safe.
However, strong passwords
can create practices that decrease security effectiveness.
a strong password
. It's an ideal mix of alphanumeric and special characters.
"Even when users feel confident about locking their phone with a strong password
, if their device is exposed to this exploit, it does not really matter how strong the password is," noted Armando Leon, director of mobile at LaunchKey.
The July hack of Yahoo inspired another of those short-lived spasms of paranoia that sent thousands to Google asking, "How do I create a strong password
Cardiff Council's Trading Standards has recommend that consumers should: pick a strong password
; never reply to suspicious e-mails with your personal information; look for "https" and a padlock symbol in the URL address bar to check a site is secure; always sign out and close your browser and use two-step verification for accounts that offer it, such as Facebook.
* Choosing a strong password
: A strong password
that is at least 8 characters long and uses a combination of upper and lower case letters, number and symbols, is ideal.
For example, RDkFh0982 is a strong password
and one highly unlikely to be found in any dictionary.
These IDs need to be tied to strong password
policies, and the policies need to be ruthlessly enforced.
So how can you create a strong password
that you could actually memorize?
Having a strong password
with several characters and even capitalised letters should be a number one priority.