How do you remember your Facebook, Twitter, and email passwords when they’re all completely different from your Instagram, Snapchat, and Starbucks password? With that many accounts and passwords floating out there, how secure can your login really be?
Chuck Davis, a password expert at Harrisburg University, shared with FOX43 some ways to make your passwords more secure.
Here's what Davis says:
Here’s a life hack: having a different password for every account can actually keep hackers off your case. It’s unfortunately very common for people to have one password for every account. If your password is in all lowercase, that’s just easy money for hackers.
To hack proof your passwords, add an uppercase letter, some numbers and symbols to make it longer than 12 characters but if you think you’re clever by replacing letters like -o with a zero...hackers can see right through that.
Now for the big hack-proof password tip Davis suggests using passwords that are sentences along with adding in numbers and symbols. For example, "ilovetrees?1234facebook” for your Facebook password is a lot safer than something like “kittens123.” And just stop using your name or birthday as passwords—because that’s the first thing hackers will try.
Until we can get more thumb print password protection, or retina scanners installed on our computers, keep your accounts safe with these tips.