Lifehacker have Declared ‘Change your Password Day’. Listen to them!

Shout out to Lifehacker; they’re declaring today ‘Change your Password Day’!  Here’s their post on the matter; it’s got a lot of good tips for security;

Today is Change Your Password Day: Celebrate by Upgrading Your Password System

I cannot stress enough how important a good password system is to you; don’t pass it off as one of those things that only the techies take good care over, and don’t discard the idea because you think your passwords are already strong enough – THEY ARE NOT.

At the very least, you need to make sure that;

  1. You have significantly different passwords for each username you use, with as little similarity between those of your ‘core services’; (Google logins, other email, Facebook, LinkedIn, WORDPRESS) as possible.
  2. Your passwords really do use lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers and any special characters the site lets you have.  Increasing the alphabet from 26 lower case letters to 26 + 26 + 10 + more can mean the length of a brute force password-guessing attack increasing to more than the age of the Universe.  I’m not even joking!

Take pride in your own security; cultivate a habit in yourself of regularly (properly regularly) changing your passwords, the more so the better.  Very important.  If you don’t do these things, consider yourself pre-emptively told off.

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2 Responses to Lifehacker have Declared ‘Change your Password Day’. Listen to them!

  1. Kate says:

    I’ve noticed recently that a lot of services have a security option that makes you change your password every so many days (like 72 or something), which is a pretty good idea if your like me and completely forget to do it. Ever.

    • fateamenable says:

      Yeah, that’s great! It annoys me when sites don’t put strict enough controls on the passwords that you set too; they actually should enforce that it has all the character types and is a good length (like, at least 10). Not just have one of those traffic-light bars that tells you if it’s strong or weak. If they then force you to change it every so often, and stick to the same rules, that’d be great!

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