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From banking to social media accounts to shopping to any other number of online activities, chances are you have needed to create a password. You know “password” isn’t a good idea and neither is “passw0rd” even with the clever little zero snuck in there. But did you know none of the clever little password tricks protect you.

When I logged onto Facebook this morning, I was presented with a set of security tips that included a statement to the effect that having a strong password was more important than one that is changed often. Changing from “firstpetname” to “F1rstP3tName” and then to “firstPETN@me” just doesn’t cut it any more.

The only truly secure password is one you can’t remember.

While there have been a number of strong password generators available to help security-conscious internet users, systems generally don’t force passwords to be more secure than containing at least one number, one capital letter and one symbol.

WordPress has started to change this with their release of “Billie,” (version 4.3 of the popular CMS). This release includes a new approach to passwords that includes a generator to create completely random complex and very long passwords.

Our advice: ditch the cute and creative ways to type your kids names plus your anniversary date and protect yourself with stronger passwords.

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