A key part of Internet security revolves around your passwords – choosing good ones and keeping them safe. HostAway is constantly monitoring for the latest Internet vulnerabilities and threats (we patched Heartbleed and Shellshock within a few hours of the news breaking) however this won’t protect your information becoming accessible if you have a weak password, or a virus on your computer makes the password available to a hacker.
Choosing your password
- Choose a long password (at the very least, 7 characters) containing letters, numbers and symbols.
- Don’t use publicly available information such as your name, phone number, etc.
- Use unique passwords for your important accounts, e.g. don’t use your email password to sign up to newsletters.
- Don’t use common words or sequences, e.g. password1, p@ss0wrd, fred2011, asdfghjkl, etc.
- Try to create a mnemonic password based on a phrase, e.g. “The folks at Hostaway are a mighty helpful bunch” becomes “Tf@HaaMHb:)”
Keeping your password secure
- Although best practice dictates not storing your password anywhere, if the choice is between using the same password everywhere or storing your 50+ passwords somewhere then write them down. Just keep them safe and locked away, or use one of the many password management programs available on your computer or smartphone to encrypt and store your passwords safely.
- Keep your computers software up to date. This includes but is certainly not limited to your anti-virus software.
- Make sure your password recovery options are set up correctly and update them if you change contact details.
- Use two-factor authentication where possible (coming soon to the HostAway Members Panel).