As we begin 2013, weak passwords still pose one of the biggest threats to hosting security. In general a server is only as secure as it users, and far too many users still have bad password habits. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, it might be time for you to reevaluate your password habits.
1. Do you use your birthday, middle name, dog’s name, child’s name, or other common name from your life so that your password is easy to remember?
2. Is your password easy to pronounce and found in the dictionary of any language?
3. Is your password very short? (Less than six characters)?
4. Are your passwords written on sticky notes and affixed to your monitor or desk?
5. Do you use the same password for multiple accounts?
6. Do you keep the same passwords for weeks, months, or even years?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, your hosting security may be in jeopardy. Obviously you want to remember your password, but if it is too easy to remember and too easy to figure out, cyber criminals can exploit it. Ideally, your password should be at least eight characters long, should have a mix of letters and numbers, have mixed case, and not be a word found in the dictionary.
As painful as it may seem, you should use different passwords for your account. Do you really put your website’s security on the same level as your Facebook account? If not, then why would you use the same password? Finally, change your password routinely to keep those would-be attackers guessing and unable to gain access.