Liquid Web’s around-the-clock monitoring of your server works best when we also are able to log in to your server and proactively fix issues as they pop up. If you change your server’s root or admin password without updating your account information through manage, then we only will be able to notify you of problems rather than attempting to fix them automatically.
Your server is only as secure as your weakest password. As a rule of thumb, the more lengthy and complex a password, the stronger it is. Follow the best practices below for generating difficult to crack passwords.
- DO Use Passwords of At Least Ten Characters: The more characters, the more difficult a password is to crack. Length is key. Create lengthy passwords of at least 10 characters!
- DO Create Unique Passwords: Each password you use should be for a unique service (ex. cPanel, MySQL, and your bank account should all have different passwords).
- DO Use a Combination of Character Types: Use numbers, lowercase letters, uppercase letters and symbols in your password. (ex. XkeDZaJ6QG3E8!jKq3%yIOd3)
- DO Change Your Password Often: Change your passwords at least every six months, if not every three months.
- DO Randomly Generate the Password: Use one of the following sites to generate a secure password: Norton by Symantec, Random.org, or Random Password Generator
- DO NOT Use Dictionary Words: This one should be obvious. If your password is pizzatime, your server is probably already cracked.
- DO NOT Use Pets, People, Places, Events, etc.: We’re absolutely sure your dog is adorable. But, her name probably isn’t a good password. Unless her name is Tmb1W\>r~ii, then that’s cool.
- DO NOT Reuse Passwords: Let’s say your first password for an account was gCB7%TT^Vm but you were forced to change your password, so you changed it to v8@#TsVaiQ. If you have to change the password for that account again, do NOT go back to gCB7%TT^Vm. Create a new, unique password instead!
- DO NOT Use Adjacent Keyboard Strings: qwerty1234 is not a good password.