I found this handy website this week, and thought I would pass it along. It is a tool developed by Microsoft to test your password strength which can be found here.
Tips for creating a strong password include:
- Do not use dictionary words – in any language!
- Do not use patterns on the keyboard.
- Do not make common substitutions like “2″ for “to”
- Utilize keys other than letters … special characters, and punctuation marks help make it more difficult to figure out your password.
- Never use information you shared in a social networking site like your birthday, or commonly available information like your address or phone number.
- Make sure it is at least 8 characters long.
- Do not use the same password for everything.
- Protect your email password!!! If cyber criminals get this one, they can typically find out (through your stored email correspondence) what accounts you have / sites you visit, and can request password resets.
- Change your passwords frequently. I recommend quarterly at least for high risk accounts such as email and banking / credit card related.
For more help creating strong passwords, check out my earlier post here. As a reminder of the pitfalls associated with weak passwords check out my earlier post on giving away the keys to the kingdom here.