Put a Password Padlock on Your Blog

If you blog, then it’s almost certain that you have login credentials to access your blog platform.  It’s not sexy or exciting, but I’m here to remind you that now is the time to strengthen your password.

Imagine logging in one day to find years of archives missing.  Or impostor posts tarnishing your name.  Eliminate the fear and sleep better at night by employing the following password strategies.

– AVOID repeated characters and sentences.  Many Web-based services do not allow passwords of this style, but in case yours does, change it up!

– AVOID using personal information.  Birthdates, phone numbers and even social security numbers present a risk.  This information is not as scarce as You’d think, and they will be the first thing criminals attempt.  Think random.

– AVOID real words.  Many systems can automatically attempt words in any language. Make one up.

Here are a few things you SHOULD do.

– Change your password every 30 – 60 days.  Coordinate the update to occur with something you have to do regularly, such as paying the phone bill.

– Keep it a secret from EVERYONE.

– Base your password around a memorable sentence.

– Substitute special characters for letters (i.e. – EYE8$ALAD)

Your password should not be the same for every login.  If you must write your passwords down to keep in a safe place, do not make the information obvious to anyone who might come across the data.

The days of keeping your passwords taped under your keyboard are over.  Accept it and start getting tricky.

Originally posted on August 3, 2010 @ 1:11 pm