Password protection and learning from The Office

As a web designer of around 20 years experience I have dealt with a lot of websites, a lot of clients, and in turn a lot of passwords. Sometimes I require a password from a client to gain access to something, with some ‘interesting’ passwords, and password habits shared with me.

There is a lot of advice out there on the web on password best practices, but experience has taught me, I still need to Google it for clients, and read it to them, and check they have done something to change ‘password123’. And come back several months later to check again.

If you are one of my clients, or former clients, reading this, I am of course not referring to you. You were brilliant!!

However the sitcom The Office, I am British, so by law I must refer to it as ‘The US Office’ to differentiate from the original, cover it superbly in the above brilliantly crafted 1 minute 40 seconds ‘cold opener’.

Password best practice

  1. Don’t use the same password for multiple logins. If a hacker gets hold of one, they can then access everything.
  2. Don’t make it easy
  3. Don’t make it short
  4. Use a mixture of characters
  5. Update regularly
  6. Don’t go ‘it’ll be fine, why should I listen to web professionals?!’