How to Create Secure Passwords

Setting up passwords is…annoying. Even for those of us who work in tech, every time we have to create a new password we find it cumbersome to come up with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols in a way that someone won’t guess and is also easy to remember.

And yet, we need passwords. They’re an important layer of security so you can protect your digital self and your company’s digital presence.

In this 30-minute webinar, we’re going to talk about what passwords are, how to come up with strong and easy-to-remember passwords, a few dos and don’ts for setting up your password, and where to store your passwords.

Passwords are a layer of security for our online accounts and knowing our password helps us prove who we are so we can access our accounts. It’s like the key to your virtual house.

Passwords protect:

  • Your email
  • Your online self
  • Your banking information
  • …and more

In this webinar, we review two secure ways of generating secure passwords, the Correct Horse Battery Staple Method and the Bruce Schneier Password Method. These are both excellent and simple methods for generating secure passwords.

Here are some quick dos and don’ts for setting up new passwords.

  • Don’t make it too short
  • Do look for 14+ characters, at least upper and lowercase letters (even better if you can add special characters and numbers)
  • Don’t make it too simple or easy to guess
  • Don’t share it
  • Don’t use a password that you’ve seen elsewhere (if you’ve seen it, someone else could have seen it too)
  • Do use a password manager
  • Don’t use personal information in your password
  • Do set up MFA

Remember, passwords are only one layer of security. If you want to go deeper on cybersecurity, make sure to watch the replay of our free Intro to Cybersecurity webinar.

If you want your own copy of this webinar’s slide deck, feel free to download it here

At Clearbridge Business Solutions, we’re dedicated to equipping our customers with the tools they need to be more cyber secure through managed IT services and educational resources.

There is only so much we can cover in a 30-minute webinar. If you want to go deeper, check out our blog post making your email more secure. And if you’re ready for a partner to come alongside you for all of your IT strategy, IT security, and IT support needs then get in touch today! The team at Clearbridge Business Solutions is passionate about protecting you and your business from hackers while also empowering you to practice effective cybersecurity.