Protect yourself with Secure Passwords

Changing cPanel Password

The first line of defense against cyber criminals (hackers) are passwords, but weak and easy to guess passwords aren’t much of a defense. It’s important to create strong passwords that are unique to each of your important account and it’s especially important to update the passwords often. Your GreenGeeks web hosting services comes standard with 24/7 monitoring of servers and includes advanced firewall systems to protect against most attacks, however a weak password is like leaving your front door unlocked. All the cyber criminals have to do to gain access to your precious stuff is to just try and open your door.

Here are some tips to create a strong password and keep them secure.

#1. Keep your passwords unique.

Having the same password to all of your accounts is like using the same key for your car, office and home, if a criminal gains access to one they have access to it all. So refrain from using the same passwords, it may be a pain in the butt but if its a nuisance to you, it’s definitely going to be way harder for a cyber criminal to gain access to your critical accounts.

#2. Create a password that consists of numbers, letters, symbols, UPPER and lowercase characters.

The more complex the password, the harder it is for someone to guess. Ensure that your password is at least 8-10 characters long and has numbers. Also, be sure to add symbols, a mix of UPPER and lowercase letters to make your password harder to crack. Never use easy to guess passwords like “password” or “12345″ and definitely don’t use easy to find information like your phone number, date of birth, etc. If there’s anytime to be creative and original, it’s when you’re creating your password.

 #3. Verify the strength of the Password

There a ton of tools out there that will allow you to test the strength of a password such as Password Meter. Test your passwords for strength and use maximum strength passwords.

We’ve written a couple of articles on how to change your passwords at GreenGeeks:

How to Change Account Manager Password
How to change cPanel Password

You should remember that anything requiring a password should follow the same guidelines, this includes WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and other scripts that you use on your hosting account.

If you have any questions or concerns, you’re always welcome to contact our support via live chat, e-mail or phone.