I’ve seen this mistake over and over on many websites and web services that many business owners utilize. The mistake that I’m talking about is simplistic passwords.
Website hacking to some is a game or adventure they do this too claim some sort of fame. They hack the site and then “Tag” it with their moniker or on- line ID to let other hackers know who got the score.
There are some things you can do to make it harder for this to happen to you. Were you aware that one of the most common passwords is actually “123456” and in some cases the password is the users first name.
Many times we use passwords that are way too easy to guess and use the same passwords over and over across many sites. So if a hacker finds one password chances are they will try that at other sites you use.
They can easily find your sites. It’s not to difficult to look at the source code and see what autoresponder or shop-ping cart service you are using. And of course there are many sites called “who is” sites that gives you the details for who registered what domains and where they were registered.
So it’s really easy to find other locations for the password they just hacked on your site. So here are some suggestions you can use to create a stronger password.
If you can help it at all, don’t use dictionary words or words that are all just alphabets. Most sites will at least allow alpha numerics for passwords but mix it up.
Here’s what I mean fishface123 would be harder than just fishface obviously, but try replacing the i (in fish) with the number 1 so it now reads, f1shface. It looks similar when written but it is harder to crack and simple to remember.
Another option is to break up the syllables on such a word like f1sh2face3.
If you want to get real advanced but still easy to remember substitute special characters for vowels this makes even a stronger password but yet easy to remember if you use the same characters for set vowels in your passwords.
For example fishface could become f!shf@ce you could make it even harder by adding a significant number in the middle of the syllables or the last to digits of the current year such as f!sh09f@ce.
Just some ideas to help you become more secure when using passwords.