Based on data from real-world investigations and compliance management vendor Trustwave’s Security Report, the most common password used by global businesses is “Password1”! This is an unbelievable statistic, and it shows that many administrators don’t understand how to make password-based access policies more robust.
Choose a Strong Password
It is important that you choose a strong password for several reasons. The first is to avoid a hacker guessing your password through brute-force hacking. The second is to make sure that if your site is hacked, your password is difficult to crack. We cover this topic in great detail in our article on passwords which explains how passwords are cracked.
In general you should choose a password that is at least 12 characters long and consists of letters, numbers and symbols with as few English words as possible. Password strength is one of the cornerstones of a website security.
Store your Password Securely
One problem with choosing a strong password is that they are hard to remember. Here are several methods you can use to store your passwords and each one of them has advantages and problems associated with them. Choose which one works for you and know that none of them are perfect:
- Use a password wallet service like 1password which stores your passwords encrypted and uses a master password to access them. These services can also be hacked which compromises all of your passwords at once. The advantage of using them is that you never have to remember another password.
- Write your password down. Easy to do, but if someone gains physical access to your office your passwords are compromised.
- Memorize your passwords. Very secure, but if you forget your passwords you have a lot of work to recover them.
- Use a password formula. For example: Take letters from the domain name you are signing into, add them to the beginning and end of a password you have memorized using some formula and you have a unique password for every site you sign into with a way of remembering each one. This can be very secure if the formula you come up with produces strong passwords.
Choose a password storage mechanism that works for you and ensure that you choose strong passwords for your website, especially for your administrative level accounts.
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