Couch mentioned about secure passwords as one step to securing FusionBB.
Over at VertexHost I have a lot of users that tell me they are using secure passwords and then I find out the password is something like "Fluffy07".
So I thought I would post a quick topic here with some info that can help you create easy to remember yet secure passwords.
- not contain dictionary words or proper names
- Use both upper and lower case letters
- use both letters and numbers
- should be at least 6 characters long
One easy to use method that I recommend for creating passwords that are both secure and easy to remember is to write a short sentence that consists of proper nouns as well as numbers (or words that can be replaced with numbers like "for") and then take the first letter of each word and use that as a password.
An example would be:
"My dog Tess is 5 and my cats are 7."
This is can convert to the following secure password that is easy to remember for me:
Not only is it easy to remember but Microsoft verifies this is a Strong password:
Remember secure passwords don't have to be hard and please do use them. All other security measures are wasted if your admin or hosting password is "password" or something equally simple.
Change your passwords. Most people have let someone else use their password at some point in time so try and get in the habit of changing them every 3 - 6 months.
Lastly there are some great tools for helping you keep track of your passwords. I personally recommend KeePass
| Billy Cooter|
Managing Partner, VertexHost.com