Passwords: The Crazy Weird Neighbor Who Throws BBQs

By now we all know how important strong, safe, secure passwords are. Yet password management is like having a weird crazy neighbor who insists on hosting a Fourth of July BBQ every year. No one wants to deal with it because it’s annoying, but not dealing with it is even worse because everything would fall apart and could have permanent consequences. Just like if you didn’t show up to your neighbor’s BBQ – you’ll suddenly find lawn decorations missing and have a yard full of mysterious dog poop, not to mention the other weird stuff that will make living in your neighborhood a living hell.

Recently we were the lucky recipients of an attempt to attack a WordPress website on our server. The attacker attempted to gain access by using a password dictionary to enter in 108,000 simple passwords an hour! While we had several safeguards in place to prevent entry, one major safeguard that protected this particular site was that it had a strong password. Even if our other precautions weren’t in place, the hacker would have been unable to gain access simply because the password was too strong.

So what makes a strong password?

You may already know this, but Webopedia says a strong password is one that “consists of at least six characters (and the more characters, the stronger the password) that are a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (@, #, $, %, etc.) if allowed. Passwords are typically case-sensitive, so a strong password contains letters in both uppercase and lowercase. Strong passwords also do not contain words that can be found in a dictionary or parts of the user’s own name.”

Whether you have a WordPress website or you’re resetting your email password, we can’t recommend enough that you use a STRONG password. If you want help generating something random and hard to crack, try this password generator.