In a world where we have an account for almost everything we do online, whether that is shopping, social media, reading our emails or using web apps, there is always one thing they share in common: one way or another, we need to set a password for our account. At SwiftCase, we pride ourselves on providing a number of security features, such as two-factor authentication and data encryption, to keep your user accounts safe. But our first suggestion to creating a more secure working environment starts at the very beginning: choose a strong password.
The standard password checksThe tried and tested formula for producing a good password always takes into account the following:
- Use a long character length There is no consensus on what the best length for a password is, but the longer the better. Try to use an absolute minimum of 8 characters but ideally over 12 characters.
- Combine a variety of upper-case, lower-case, numbers and special characters Using a combination of different characters makes it much more difficult to guess or brute-force your password.
- Avoid using common words and personal information Easily guessed information, such as your address, birthday, or simply words found in the dictionary.
- Use strong character substitutions A password is not necessarily strong just because an obvious letter has been replaced by a number that matches. ‘Sw!ftc4s3’ is not a very strong password, for example, despite reaching the the minimum requirements for many strong password checks.
- Don’t use the same password on every system After a number of high profile leaks over the past few years, including the likes of Adobe, eBay and Yahoo, using different passwords for your online accounts is more important than ever.