As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (see Gmail’s post for a link) Gmail is reminding people to use passwords wisely and has some great tips.
I am somewhat of a security freak (as those who know me will attest to) and I heartily recommend reading Google’s post. Here are some bad password practices Gmail’s Michael Santerre, Consumer Operations Associate points out that his original post lists solutions to:
- Re-using passwords is a bad practice (using the same password for more than one website)
- Using dictionary words, common passwords, and letters in sequence on the keyboard (like “pass”, “password”, “logmein”, “start”, and “zxcvb”)
- Using passwords based on personal data (like spouse’s name or birthdate)
- Storing your password in an unsecure place (like a sticky note on your monitor)
- Poor Password Recovery (hard passwords may be forgotten/lost, how will you find them if this happens?)