Choosing a secure password


From time to time one of the 900+ sites that we have designed & developed here at 72DPI gets hacked. It's something which frustrates us and no one here in the studio enjoys taking that call from a worried client who's website is now riddled with links to replica watches and handbags.

In all cases the cyber criminals have gained access to the admin of the site via a user login and have peppered the content with links to dubious replica sites.

The first line of defence for your website is your account password. Choosing a strong password which meets the criteria below will significantly reduce the likelihood that your site will be hacked.

When deciding on a password consider the following:

Length - A password which is at least 8 characters long is recommended. A shorter password will take less time to crack, the time it takes to crack longer passwords goes up exponentially the more characters you have.

Mix it up - Using numbers & mixed-case letters makes it harder for hackers to crack. The use of symbols is also a good way to increase the complexity of your password.

Make it Unique - You should have different passwords for different accounts. e.g. don't use your online bank details for your email account. You don't use one master key to secure your house, office & car so why use one password that leaves all of your account vulnerable?

Hackers are sneaky - Don't use anything which could is available to the public. e.g. Your company name, family member or pet name. These can be sourced from Facebook etc and used against you.

Keep it to yourself - Don't share your password and definitely don't keep it written down anywhere it can be seen by others.

Definitely don't - Please don't use 'querty', 'password' or '12345'!

If you follow these tips we're confident your site will not be compromised, Elyse has enough replica handbags and fake watches now thanks.