I'll admit, I'm not that great at coming up with creative passwords. We simply have so many things that need a password nowadays! I use various combinations of three different passwords for pretty much everything. But I'm vowing to change.
In this month's edition of Shop Smart magazine, there are eight rules for safe passwords:
1) Do make passwords at least six characters long.
2) Do mix it up (use a combination of numbers, symbols and letters)
3) Do use upper and lower-case letters
4) Do write down a clue if you need to -- enough to jog your memory but not enough so that others can figure it out.
5) Don't make it easy. No pet names, kids' names, street names, phone numbers or important dates.
6) Don't use common words or names.
7) Don't repeat passwords, especially for financial sites. (This is the one I need to fix!)
8) Don't hide your password clues in an obvious place like on a sticky note under your keyboard.