The popularity of the internet has brought a lot of improvements in various types of business processes. However, it also opened the door for potential abuse, as the only thing that is keeping your privacy safe from the rest of the world is a password.
We use passwords for our emails, social media network accounts, payment services, cloud storage and services and many other websites and online forums. Some of these passwords are extremely important for keeping your personal information and data safe. Therefore, cybercriminals precisely know what they have to do to profit from your personal information.
Despite the fact that people are aware of this security threat, remembering various passwords is quite challenging, which is why people tend to choose awful passwords which are very easy to guess. If you are interested in what makes a great password, you are going to find the following tips quite useful.
The characteristics of a good password
It is easier to remember short passwords, but using them is the same as not having a password and giving away your private information gladly. In order to remain safe online, it is best to use a longer password. However, it is important to stay away from expressions that can be found in dictionaries.
This is not quite a challenging password to crack, no matter how long the word is. There are smart brute force programs which can easily guess the password according to only a letter or two. Therefore, it is essential to create a random set of letters for a great password.
Additionally, another important thing is to use different symbols to increase the strength of your password. For example, an exclamation mark or a dot in combination with a dollar symbol and a number is enough to significantly increase its strength. But you are probably wondering how you can create such a password and memorize it. Here is a great tip.
Imagine two simple sentences, for example: “There is a red house on that hill. It only costs $3000.” By using the first symbol from every word in combination with other symbols, you can get a password like: “Tiarhoth.Ioc$3.”
This is a random set of characters which contains capital letters, symbols and numbers. Furthermore, it is practically impossible to forget. If you find such techniques too complicated, there is something else you could do.
Relying on different software tools
There are developers who understand how painful remembering all the passwords can be. They have created a set of different useful tools that can help you create an impenetrable password and easily memorize it.
For example, an online password generator can help you easily create a safe password. All you have to do is determine the number of characters you want your password to have and a random combination is going to be created.
This is a great way to create a password comprised of numerous different symbols in random order. If you want to stay extremely secure, you can generate a password of up to 50 characters.
You are now probably wondering how you can remember such a password. Well, a good solution is to start using password managers. These software tools are specially created to help you manage as many passwords as you would like.
Some of them work seamlessly on different platforms, making them useful no matter where you are located. By combining these two tools, you can easily create and store strong passwords without ever worrying about it.
Use different passwords
One last piece of advice is related to the number of passwords that you are using. As people hate remembering different passwords, most tend to use the same one across multiple channels.
So, for example, imagine that you are using a hobby photography forum and you unfortunately come into a phishing link on that forum. Okay, your forum password is compromised, as well as your email login details. This wouldn’t be so bad if you were using different passwords on different places.
But what if you have a PayPal, Facebook and Steam account connected to that email and you are using the same password, you are instantly much more vulnerable, as the intruder can use the acquired information to access and use all of these accounts. This is why it is essential to always use a different password for different types of accounts.
These three tips are going to allow you to create passwords which are practically impossible to crack. Therefore, make sure to use them, they will keep your privacy and private data safe online.
Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ February 28, 2017 at 07:15AM