With excessive inclusion of the internet, a lot has been simplified in our lives but every coin has two sides and the other is, security risks. Today, we want to share with you a simple way to surf the internet safely, without risking the loss of your safety.
Though we have moved past having passwords like 1122334455 or qwerty123, we still use simple and predictable passwords, from birthdays of our loved ones to our vehicles registration numbers.
- “No one would try to hack into my account!”
- “Complex passwords are not easy to remember.”
- “I have nothing important in my accounts.”
- “Resetting the password is a hassle.”
All these are excuses that would ruin your online existence in a minute.
Passwords are like lock and keys, would you like to have a lock guarding your door that opens with any hair clip out there? NO? We thought so. We all want a set of locks and keys that would exclusively work for us, for our doors. This is exactly what you should expect from your passwords.
Here are a few tips that would help you make your password stronger!
- Numbers, symbols, capital letters, and lower-case letters together make guessing your password difficult; also having a combination of random words a good idea, but use of dictionary words make prediction easier.
- For example; F@tTh1nCarSad seems like a strong password but all four words are from the dictionary and replacing a with @ or i with 1 is not that secure
- Though, length of the passwords are not responsible for its strength but play a major role in strengthening the passwords; generally 12-14 letter long passwords are considered strong enough. Majority of times, 8 character passwords with one special character and one number is the set threshold for various websites.
Here is a simple way of designing strong passwords,
First, formulate a sentence, “I always wanted to drive 11 excavators in building no 55 someday.” This sentence could be as fake as you want, just make sure that you will be able to remember it.
Second, code the sentence. I@wtd11e!bn55 Here, the first letter of all the words are included and some are replaced with symbols and numbers. This process makes predicting your passwords very difficult while memorising it becomes simpler.
Also there are several ways to help you remember your passwords, these programs are called password managers. If you are signing up on some website with Google Chrome, it also suggests random, strong passwords and saves them for you too. There are independent applications too that serve the same purpose.
- Keeper Password Manager
Several of these applications/programs works on all the platforms i.e. Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android too. Go ahead try the one you seem apt and share your experiences with us on our social media platforms.
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