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The passwords strategy

Have you changed your passwords in 2016 ?

Again, many of us do not seem to care about their security on social media.

As the key to the door of our house, the password is the first element of our online security and should as such have some features. Cyber security experts advocate the use of strong passwords that are different from one site to another and are frequently changed.

Do you have strong passwords?

  • Have at least 12 characters (16 and more, because the longer it is, the more sure it is)
  • Capital, lowercase, numeric, special and accented characters are mandatory.

Examples of strong passwords :

TrumP.com@2017

CA.na.DA.1950

1990@myPass.Face

PAsSfor@twuitter08 / 2016

See this website testing the strength of a password.

Do you have a good frequency of passwords change ?

The expert Bruce Schneier and Lorrie Cranor argue that the obligation to change frequently (less than 90 days) a password makes it low, because users tend to proceed by processing, such as « Canada No. 1 » to « Canada # 1 « then » canaDA # 1 « . This transformation allows hackers to easily crack the password.

It does not mean that you do not have to change your password, on the contrary, when the change is deliberate, it takes more time to choose a strong password. Indeed, when the password is strong, the frequency change is longer see six (6) months to one (1) year, says expert Mark Burnett .

I have several passwords, what to do ?

And for those who have a dozen, see a hundred passwords, some applications offer a better management strategy, these password managers allow to generate strong passwords per application: Facebook, Twitter, eBay, LinkedIn, Dropbox ; Etc …. These tools are not perfect, but nevertheless allow to have a convenience and a good digital hygiene. Here are a few:

LastPass   Dashlane  KeePassX  Sticky Password  1Password  Roboform  KeePass

 

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