Attackers use specialized software designed to crack passwords by making millions of guesses per second. A secure password is your best protection, and often the most overlooked.
A secure password is:
Long and Complex, NOT a short password or pattern repeated several times
Random, NOT a birthday, relative or pet name, favorite song, address, phone number, quote, or anything else easily linked to you or your interests
Unique, NOT a password you have used anywhere else
Secret, NOT shared with any third parties
Examples of secure passwords:
(Try the Nexcess Secure Password Generator for other examples)
The easiest way to create and maintain secure passwords is to use a password manager like LastPass, Dashlane, or 1Password. These apps organize and encrypt your unique passwords in the cloud, but require you to remember only one unique password.