DON’T choose a DUMB Password
You know who you are. “password123’, ‘qwerty’, ‘mypassword’. These are all examples of passwords identity thieves LOVE to find. Don’t let them find yours! Check out this list by a password management company, SplashData, and if you are using any of these passwords, change them immediately! Worst Passwords of 2013
DO choose a unique password
It is best not to use any word found in the dictionary. I know.. you’re thinking “WHAT? REALLY?!” but it’s true. At least throw in some random characters if you are going to use a real word. So instead of ‘blueberry’, make it ‘blu3berry4!me’. Variety is key.
DO make passwords as long as is allowed
If the site you are creating a password allows long passwords, take advantage of that. Longer passwords (12-20 in length) are MUCH HARDER for a thief to crack. Just think: “blueberry” vs “blu3berry4!me786”. See the difference?
DO change passwords frequently
Every 6 months. Yes. EVERY 6 MONTHS. And no, you can’t reuse passwords more than once.