Why Your Password Sucks

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Revolution

Password security tipsIs that too strong of a statement? (Ask those people who have had their Linkedin and Facebook accounts hacked recently).

And the bad part is that it can be prevented SO EASILY! With client data and our business information so readily available on the web, we need to make sure it is protected.

 

CLIFF NOTES VERSION
Here is the short and sweet version (because I know how busy you are!). There are several camps out there about how to "build" the perfect password(s) but take this ONE tip away today:

**** CHARACTER COUNT MATTERS MOST *****

In other words, a password of: jay01 is much worse than jayobrien01 and even better is jayobrienrealtorkansascity01

(Just think about it... every time you add any kind of character, at multiplies the amount of possible solutions exponentially!) 

 

IS THAT ALL?
NO. There are other tricks to use. For starters, don't use a passWORD... use a passPHRASE that you can remember. Like this:

mydogshavebrownears

Another way to add security is with UPPERCASE letters, NUMBERS and SPECIAL CHARACTERS like $!&* within the word. Some people even replace numbers for letters, like 3 for E (L3TTER insead of LETTER) or characters in place of letters so you can remember them (h@ppy instead of happy). So let's make that passPHRASE stronger:

MyDogsH@veBrown3ars!

Wow, I doubt that will be guessed. Another idea is to use a number in your phrase so you can remember it easier:

My2dogsAreBrown!

 

WHAT TO AVOID
-- DON'T use a spouse/kid/name as the word. Those come up as a dictionary word and will be broken fast.

-- DON'T just add a "0" or "1" to the end of a name (like JayOBrien01) since most require a number in the password (hackers and their software are smart)

-- DON'T use a common word plus a number, since those will be found in a dictionary search.

-- DON'T make it too short

 

LET'S REVIEW

-- DO use a passPHRASE, not a passWORD. How about "myFavoriteNumberIs44!" as a password? Ther are uppers, lowers, a character at the end and it's a phrase you can remember with LOTS of characters in it.

-- DO substitue a number or character for a letter like hAppin3ss for "happiness"

-- DO use a capital letter for extra security (some websites now require this)

 

Passwords are in our lives every day. Make it harder on the bad guys and tighten yours up today. 

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All these are great tips, I think I would be able to remember those better than some of the ones I have now! Thank you~

August 06, 2012 07:56 AM
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JAY, Does your 2 dogs have brown ears?   Hey Thanks for the tips. I will work on mine...

August 23, 2012 09:51 AM
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Great post sir. And yes, I feel like a jerk for writing about it a week later and getting featured. I'm really sorry about that Jay. Seriously.

I am now subscribed to your blog and I'll also add you as an associate. Hopefully, that will keep me from doing this again.

I promise; I did not see this.

Thanks for posting it though. Very important information.

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Michael! In no way did I think you stole a blog, in fact I would be honored to be the source of inspiration to any fellow Rainmakers. I respect and enjoy your blog and am happy to have come across your material on AR. I appreciate the comment and wish you all the best.

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Author Bio: Jay O'Brien specializes in Real Estate in the Kansas City metro area, including the Northland of Kansas City : Liberty : Gladstone : North Kansas City : and Kansas City. Jay is licensed in both Missouri and Kansas and has helped clients in Overland Park, Leavenworth, Olathe, Smithville and many other areas in the metro. Jay uses technology in new and interesting ways to market listings, as well as helping buyers to find their perfect homes. Want to make Real Estate fun? Give Jay a call and see if he can EARN your business. 816-774-1357.