Password Protection Predicament?
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by Dec 26, 2017Blog, SEO | Web Design, Strategy | Entrepreneurship

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Editors Note: 2 years later, the information in this blog is still quite helpful. Not much has changed on the web in terms of password security, but there are tens of billions more passwords floating around then there were at the time of writing this blog. Because of that, there’s been a bit of a refresher on the Password Manager portion of this blog. Click to skip!

Your personal information is less secure than you may think, and I’m not talking about the windowless white van that parks directly outside of your house four days a week.

Living in the age of information can be pretty scary – and rightfully so! Surely you’ve hesitated before purchasing from that sketchy website, or perhaps felt unsure about providing personal information online. After the Equifax hack that violated the privacy of a large number of Americans, the web seems to be more at the mercy of internet pirates and cyberpunks than ever.

So, what do you think you know about password security? You’ve probably picked up a few tips and tricks creating accounts and setting passwords on various websites. The traditional method of thinking is to create a password with a mixture of capital and lowercase letters, special symbols (such as ?,@,!) and numbers to best confuse a would-be intruder. You may also think that using different passwords for different sites and accounts would help, or that your password needs to be changed regularly. If you’re like me and have been advised incorrectly on password security, I have some advice that may help you out.

  All hope isn’t lost

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is the authority when it comes to creating models for internet security practices. The institute, NIST for short, realized their former standards for password strength were not optimal. Basically, we have been creating passwords that are hard for us to remember but simple for computers to guess. NIST’s new guidelines for cyber-security are a far cry from the old way of thinking, leaving many to wonder just how vulnerable they’ve been to information burglary.