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How to Create a Great Password and Keep it Safe


It’s nothing but bad news if one of your accounts gets hacked. The best way to prevent that from happening is to use a great password. Here are some things to keep in mind when you set yours and one unique way to come up with a really great password.

Image of a chained up keyboard that represents a great password

Passwords are used frequently to authenticate you with your computer systems. There are a variety you need to know: computer user account, e-mail, domain log in, program log in, etc. With all those passwords stacking up, it can get a little overwhelming. Sometimes people think it can be tough to come up with a great password and then remember it and keep it safe. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Password StrengthMany people use super basic passwords that are really easy for hackers to get past, (if your password is “password”, your account just got hacked). The people trying to get into your account have programs that run thousands of different common passwords by the second. So, the longer, (8 characters or more) and more unique, (don’t just use letters) your password is, the tougher it will be to crack your account.

Coming up with and remembering a great password doesn’t have to be difficult. For example, the password “Ww1/2wt!” might seem kind of random and hard to remember, but it actually isn’t. All I did was take a set of lyrics from a sweet song, and turn it into a password. Bon Jovi sang, “Whoooah we’re half way there!” in his legendary song Livin’ on a Prayer. Now, look at that set of lyrics and look at that sample password. Starting to make sense?

That combination of capitalized and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation all adds up to a great password. Plus, I get to sing a little tune in my head every time I log in.

The point is to create a great password you can remember so you don’t have to write it down where someone can find it. In an answering service call center like mine, there are many people on the floor, multiple people that come to your desk to ask questions, and sometimes depending on the size of the call center, there could be multiple people sitting in the same seat. Leaving passwords out can create a security breach.

How to keep passwords safe:

  1. Do not leave a written password out in plain sight
  2. Memorize your password, and then shred it
  3. Do not reveal a password in an e-mail message
  4. Don’t talk about a password in front of others
  5. Do not share your password with family members
  6. Do not reveal passwords on questionnaires or forms

Keep your personal information and your company  safe by protecting those great passwords!

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About Mark Hill

Mark Hill joined Sound Telecom in 2009. During his tenure, he has overseen every position within Sound Telecom's Information Technology Services group. Mark is now Sound Telecom's IT Supervisor. Mark oversees the company's entire IT infrastructure on a 24/7/365 basis. This includes the Spokane, Seattle and Denver facilities. Mark began his career in project management. He completed his IT degree in Spokane as an ITT Technical Institute graduate where he received a Bachelor of Science in Information Security Systems along with a minor in Networking Infrastructures. Mark is also a United States Navy veteran. He is a regular weight lifter and bodybuilder and enjoys spending time with his family.