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;
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;
- 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.
- 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.