I am starting a new feature here at Custom Blog Designs & beyond called Security 1st. It's going serve as a monthly reminder to secure your personal information and data. 1st is part of the title so that you remember to secure your stuff on the first of the month.
This month we will focus on passwords. When I install someone's custom blog design they give me access to their blog. Sometimes they invite me to be a contributor and grant me admin access, but for the most part people share their log-in information with me. I am often surprised by how simple their password is. Actually, I am not surprised and the blog owners shouldn't be if they get hacked. It's not a good idea to put your children's or pet's name or your hobby or things you talk about on your blog as your password. I know that many people claim that they will not remember it if it's not simple. My suggestion is to write it down. Yes, someone could get the passwords that you write down but if you keep them hidden somewhere it should be OK. I change my passwords to all my important accounts quite frequently and I use an odd combination of letters, numbers, and other characters. I have to write it down because I wouldn't remember something like 742Yn8/3Cwo. You should use a completely different password for each account. I often get a client who has the same (simple) password for both Blogger & Photobucket. I would venture to guess that they use the same password for their email and PayPal too. And if you share your log-in information with someone (such as me) then change your password after they are done with your account! Yes, it seems like a pain to go in and change things, but it's better to be safe than sorry.