Loading

A Strong Password Is Your Best Defense

by Customer Service on October 31, 2012

Subscribe




Passwords are the primary way that most users secure accounts, whether they are banking, sharing information among friends, or simply setting up an email account. As a result, the security of your online information is directly related to the strength of your password. Password security can be improved in two ways: 1) the strength of the password itself and 2) the frequency with which the password is changed.

Password Selection
Choosing a password that is both memorable and secure can be challenging. Stay away from using commonly known things about you—your pet’s name, your birthday, the name of a spouse or child. Length is important, but security can often be significantly improved if the password includes a series of characters: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters such as & or $.

Password “Freshness”
Though it is often inconvenient, a good practice is to refresh your passwords on a regular basis. The variability adds another layer of complexity to your password beyond the characters in the word itself. While sequencing is tempting (password1 changed to password2), a better choice is often to vary the word in its entirety.

Please take a moment to update your passwords for your Network Solutions accounts. For your reference, we’ve included a step-by-step guide to password changes for some of the key services from Network Solutions and for sites that use WordPress or Joomla!

Network Solutions Account Manager
To change the password for your Account Manager, go to https://www.networksolutions.com/manage-it/index.jsp, log in with your current credentials, and follow the steps below:

1) On the Account Manager home page, go to the section marked Account Information and select the “Edit” link to the right.

2) The “Edit” link will take you to the account settings page. Select “user profile” from the top navigation.

3) The top section of that page has the title “user ID and password.” Click on the blue button that says “edit user ID/password.”

4) Make your changes and hit the “save” button at the bottom of the screen.

5) You will see a message that your save has been successful.

Hosting FTP Password
To update your FTP password, go to your Network Solutions Account Manager via https://www.networksolutions.com/manage-it/index.jsp and follow the steps below:

1) Log in to Account Manager with your user ID and password.

2) Look for the “My Hosting Packages” portion of Account Manager home page.

3) Click on the link that says “user/pwd.”

4) If you have multiple hosting packages, you may be prompted to select which package you would like to manage; single package owners will not see this prompt.

5) You will be directed to the FTP control panel. You will see a table that shows the FTP user accounts. Select the link that says “change.”

6) Complete the “FTP password” field and the “confirm password field.” You should enter in these fields the new FTP password that you have selected and hit “OK.” Please note that your new password must be 6-16 characters and contain at least 1 uppercase letter, at least 1 lowercase letter, and 1 number or special character (! @ # $ % ^ & *).

7) If your change was successful, you will see a confirmation message on the screen.

Email Password
To update your email password, go to your Network Solutions Account Manager via https://www.networksolutions.com/manage-it/index.jsp and follow the steps below:

1) Log in to your account.

2) Under the email product section, select the appropriate mailbox under the drop-down box and click “go.”

3) On the Email details page, scroll down the page to the “Manage Email Name and Password” section.

4) Change your password. Be sure to follow the password requirements: enter a password that is 8-14 characters and contains 1 letter and number or special character (! @ # $ % ^ & *).

5) The success screen lets you know your password has been updated.

WordPress Password
To change the password for your WordPress account, follow the steps below:

1) Log in to your WordPress Admin panel by accessing it through a Web browser. You can typically access your log-in screen by using the Admin link based on your domain. For example: www.[example-name].com/wp-admin.

2) Now that you are logged in with your current username and password, click on USERS in the Admin Panel menu.

3) Click on the appropriate user to change the password. Note: To fully protect yourself, it is recommended that you update your password for all users.

4) Scroll down to the New Password section and type in your new password in the two boxes shown. The strength box will show how good (or strong) your password is.

5) We recommend that you always use a strong password. A strong password should consist of all of the following:

8-14 characters
At least 1 uppercase letter
At least 1 lowercase letter
At least 1 number
At least 1 special character: ! @ # $ % ^ & *

6) For additional assistance in changing your password for WordPress, please refer to the following WordPress link: http://codex.wordpress.org/Resetting_Your_Password

Joomla! Password
To change the password for your Joomla! account, follow the steps below:

1) Log in to your Joomla! Administrator Panel by accessing it through a Web browser. You can typically access your log-in screen by using the Admin link based on your domain. For example: www.[example-name].com/administrator.

2) Now that you are logged in with your current username and password, click on User Manager in the Control Panel.

3) Click on the appropriate user to change the password. Note: To fully protect yourself, it is recommended that you update your password for all the administrators of your Joomla! site.

4) Locate the New Password section and type in your new password in the two boxes shown.

5) We recommend that you always use a strong password. A strong password should consist of all of the following:

8-14 characters
At least 1 uppercase letter
At least 1 lowercase letter
At least 1 number
At least 1 special character: ! @ # $ % ^ & *

Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more posts like this!

Brought to you by Network Solutions®, a Web.com® service.

Related Posts

  • No Related Post