Today is Password Day; McAfee suggests you change yours

Today is Password Day (but you knew that, right? Duh!), and it's being used as a way to give people a chance to learn more about password security. McAfee and its parent company, Intel, are making a simple suggestion to everyone today: change your password.

In a post on McAfee's official blog, the company states that 74 percent of people reuse the same password for many online accounts. It offers this simple suggestion:

If you need help moving from just one password, here’s a trick: Use one for your bank accounts, another for email and social networking accounts, so if your email account gets hacked, your bank account isn’t compromised.

The company has also released a new infographic, shown below, that offers tips on how to create a strong password. Adding characters such as upper case letters, numbers and spaces increase password strength. It also states that making a password longer can make it more complex, at least from a hacker's eyes, than a short password that has a lot of random characters.

Intel has also set up a web page that gives you a chance to see if your password is indeed a strong one. After you put in your choice for a password on the web page, it tells you how many seconds it might take for a hacker to crack it.

Source: McAfee | Image via McAfee

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I would ask my users to reset their passwords but I would foresee tomorrow being I forgot my password day.

Hello,

I think it really is a bad idea to encourage people to type in a password they might be using over an plaintext network connection. Gray-text notwithstanding, many people are probably going to type in the same password they use for every services right there.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

So is this why I had to change my password again then verify my identity through two different methods on Outlook.com? Most annoying service ever.

Maintain an encrypted master password document - then you only need to truly memorize one.

Here is an example of one of my passwords (I try to use the maximum number of characters
allowed by each site):

H%t7^-P1mx6ka7sj5JJJ6dKKk

Or use password managers.

Only problem is that when you're confronted by something that disallows copy/pasting (or using a mobile device, ugh), OR you're traveling somewhere and can't take your PC (or list of passwords) you're pretty screwed.

I just make my password "incorrect" so Windows always tells me what the password is after I enter it wrong the first time.