One of the most common ways that hackers break into computers is by guessing passwords. Simple and commonly used passwords enable intruders to easily gain access and control. Unauthorized access can be a major problem for any computer or smartphone user and the consequences for victims of these break-ins can include the loss of valuable data. However, the more difficult the password, the lower the likelihood that your device will be compromised. (Source)

Tips for Choosing Good Passwords

Do not use simple, common passwords. If your password is on this list of the most common passwords, it is recommended you change it immediately.

  • Avoid common mistakes – rely on a series of words and use memory techniques such as mnemonics
  • Consider using the longest password you can
  • Make your passwords complex – use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters for the best results
  • Don’t reuse passwords
  • Don’t use passwords that are based on personal information: name of a place, sport, team, or any of your favorite things
  • Use Password Strength Analyzer to check your password’s vulnerability level
  • If available, use multi-step authentication (Read more on multifactor authentication here)

Protecting Your Passwords

One of the biggest password mistakes you could make, other than telling someone your password, is writing it down and leaving it somewhere others can find it. Watch for hackers trying to trick you through emails or phone calls requesting that you disclose your passwords. Password managers such as 1password.com may offer the option to create randomly generated passwords for your accounts and store your passwords, which can be accessed by a master password. (Source)

  • Always log out when using a public computer
  • Avoid using public computers and public Wi-Fi to access sensitive accounts such as banking or email
  • Regularly scan your computer for spyware
  • Watch for suspicious activity on your accounts
  • Don’t save any passwords in your web browser

Security is the top priority at AccuTitle, and we want to ensure you have the tools needed to protect yourself and your business. Questions? Contact the team at AccuTitle: pr@accutitle.com