Password Strength Tips – Have you changed your password?

Maine Hosting Solutions

By Team MHS

April 6, 2020

Password Strength Tips:
#1 Change your passwords regularly!

Password Strength TipIf you have a poor password your website is at risk! Spammers and Phishers constantly try to break into websites and email accounts that have poor passwords. Once in they use your website to host fake websites intended to deceive people into proving private information, or they use your website’s sendmail service to send spam from YOUR email address. The #1 way to protect yourself is YOUR PASSWORD. We encourage all users to follow this password strength tips and choose a difficult password using the following tips listed below.

MHS users have several passwords associated with their hosting account:

  • cPanel/FTP Login
  • Email Logins
  • Content Manager Logins (WordPress, Drupal etc..)
  • And some of these have multiple logins

Passwords aren’t suppose to be easy, they are intended to protect you, so don’t make it easy!

 NOW and change your password to something hard!

Some Password Strength Tips:

  • Bad Password: charlie
  • Better Password: #d!PPf&423
  • Worst Password: password
  • Better Password: PaSsW0Rd!2#287r#1

Our Best Password Strength Tips:

  • At least eight characters long – 16432794
  • A combination of upper and lower case letters- IE: PaSwoRDexAmPLE
  • Use interspersed numbers – IE: use 0 instead of o (zero instead of the letter o)
  • Use characters such as !@#$%& – IE: use ! instead of i etc…
  • Passwords aren’t suppose to be easy, they are intended to protect you, so don’t make it easy.

Password Dont’s

  • Your first name, last name, or login name, in any form
  • Consecutive or repetitive numbers or letters
  • Adjacent keyboard letters such as qwerty or asdfghjk
  • Common and obvious letter-number replacements (e.g. replace the letter O with number 0)
  • Easily guessed personal information such as names and dates of yourself, family members, pets and close acquaintances
  • Easily obtained information, such as:
    • address
    • license plate numbers
    • telephone numbers
    • credit card or ATM numbers
    • Social Security or Social Insurance numbers
    • email addresses
  • Dictionary words, in any language, forward and backward
  • Popular book titles, movie titles, or phrases
  • Short passwords

Additional Password Strength Tips

  • Never share your password with anyone. Protect all passwords as you would protect your bank PIN.
  • Never store passwords unencrypted on your computer. Password management software is great for managing many passwords, but take great care to protect access to your password database with a strong password, access card or USB key! (Or better, a combination of these).
  • Never type your password when anyone is standing nearby.
  • Beware of phishing scams.
  • Change your password frequently.
  • Never use the same password in many places, especially online!

Also see: Protect Yourself From Phishing



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