Which new password is the strongest alternative to the weak password: “ilovedogs”?

The short answer is any password written like $iL0V3d0Gs6! would be good. Notice the special character in the front, followed by lower and upper case letters, using a zero which looks like the letter ‘o’ and the number three which looks like a backwards ‘e’, adding a number and ending with another special character. The password still looks like “ilovedogs” and is fairly easy to remember but practically impossible to guess.

The long answer is that there are several key things you can do help prevent your password from being guessed.  Take a look at the list below for some ideas, while this list is thorough it not by any means every step you should take.

  • For starters brute force attacks use common words found in the dictionary so make sure you password is not a common word. 
  • Do not use the same password for different sites.  If one site gets hacked they may to try test other sites to see if you used the same log in.  Always change up your passwords on each different site.
  • Try to make your password as long as possible.  The longer it is, the harder it is to guess. Add special characters, numbers, upper case and lower case letters.  Remember passwords are case sensitive.
  • Check to make sure the sites you are registering with or entering the data on are secure.  Look for https:// connections to assure no one can intercept your data along the way to the sever.
  • Avoid logging into the sensitive websites (bank, health care, work, etc.) on public networks and if you must use a public network use a trusted VPN. 

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