“The Heartbleed scare … is a reminder of the importance of password hygiene. Changing passwords occasionally is a good idea, as is using a different password for each site. If passwords are lost because of a security breach at a company, identity thieves have a far greater opportunity for mischief.”
These are sound words of advice from the New York Times Bits blog regarding common password mistakes. Avoiding these paves a strong path to security.
Avoid these common mistakes to create strong passwords
- Common words like names or the ‘password’
- Tricky, common character substitutions, like ‘p@55w0rd’
- Sequences, like ‘123456’ or ‘abcdef’
- Neighboring keystrokes like ‘qwerty’
- Repeated characters, like ‘aaaaaaa’
- Complete dates, like ‘01261987’. Especially avoid using birth dates.