Thanks to powerful brute-force-attack software readily available online, hackers can try tens of millions of password combinations per second. For example, hacking software can guess a five-character password in under three hours. If you only use lowercase letters, it’s a whopping 11.9 seconds.

You KNOW you have to have a great password if you have any hope of keeping hackers out of your PC.

So, what do I mean by a “great” password?

A great password should be at least eight characters long (longer is even better) and have a combination of uppercase- and lowercase-letters, numbers and symbols that are hard to guess.

Don’t use dictionary words with proper capitalization because they’re easy for the software to guess (like Password123#). Even though it meets the guidelines we just discussed, it’s an easy hack,

Remember, hackers have sophisticated password-hacking software that will run 24/7/365. If you want a quick tip for remembering your password, use a phrase and substitute special characters and numbers into it, in place of the letters, like “L1k3 my P^55w0rd!”.

That’s it for tip #1.

Remember, it ain’t personal, it’s just business,

Til nex time...

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