Lock Your Password Door

6 Tips for a Stronger Login

November 15, 2012

Lock Your Password Door: 6 Tips for a Stronger Login

Comment November 15, 2012 by Triangle Credit Union

Cybercrime is a huge and continuous threat to our economy and national security and each year the tools of the trade get more and more sophisticated. However, just as a burglar would rather steal from an unlocked car than have to smash in the window, a hacker would rather pursue a target with a common password.

Password Management company Splash Data recently compiled, from information leaked by hackers, the Worst Passwords of 2012. The top three among them were Password, 123456, and 12345678. According to Splash Data, users of any of these passwords are easy targets and are likely to be victims of future breaches. Creating a secure and unique password is like locking your car doors and could be what saves you from becoming a victim of cybercrime.

At Triangle we understand that creating new and unique passwords can be cumbersome. That is why we have assembled a few of our top tips for password creation:

Use, at a minimum, 8 characters 

One suggestion is to abide by the “eight characters and a capital rule”. For example, welovetcU or for fun you could try eight ‘fictional’ characters and a capital ‘city’: PlutoMickeyMinnieDonaldDaffyShrekHueyDeweyBatonRouge.

Create complexity by inserting special characters 

For example: instead of “I Love My Dog” try I10ve-myd0g

Do not use dictionary words 

Malware can easily scan for common dictionary words, so avoid using them unembellished.

Use misspelled words 

A creative way to distort or embellish your passwords is to deliberately misspell words. For example: BluBerry Pancake$ Witt Mayple Sirup

Use acronyms 

Acronyms can help you remember your complex passwords. For example: writing down that T+C+U is your email password will not tip off a potential hacker, but will help you remember that Tr1angleCred1tUn1on is your password. By rearranging your acronym you can easily create passwords for your other secure logins.

Do not repeat passwords 

By repeating a password you make life easier for a hacker. Use acronyms to create a pattern that will enable you to easily alter passwords for each of your secure logins. For example: after setting up T+C+U for your email, you could use T+U+U (Tr1angleUn1onUn1on) for Facebook and U+C+T (Un1onCred1tTr1angle) for your online banking.

After creating a complex and secure password, the most important tip to remember is to never share your password. At Triangle, we will never ask you for your password nor should anyone else.