How Secure is your password? 8 Tips on Creating Your Next Secure Password


  •  Avoid biographical information: Avoid using things relating to you, such as date of birth, mobile number, or children’s name. If you are the target of a Hacker, a high level hacker usually does his research about you before they try to attack your system, and they don’t just simply try random passwords. They probably already know many facts about you through information they gathered from your social media profile. With just a bit of research a hacker can quickly know your date of birth, full name, names of relatives and siblings etc.
  •  Avoid obvious, easy to guess passwords: "1234" or "abcd" is an example and still used by many. You don't want to forget your password so it is tempting to use simple short sequences, but it will be equally simple to infiltrate your account.
  •  Avoid using single correctly spelled words: Often hackers use software that tries every single word in the dictionary.
  •  The longer the better: longer passwords are always harder to crack, even when a hacker uses software to do so. The number of possible combinations will mean it will take more processing power and longer time to crack. It is advisable to use 10 characters or more.
  •  Using the same password across different websites: Yes, it’s easier to remember one password rather than multiple, however this leaves you vulnerable if one of your account passwords is compromised; the hacker has access to all your other accounts that share the same password.
  •  Change your password regularly: the more often the better, but do avoid leaving the same password over years and years. Often your account has already been hacked and the hacker continues to have access to your private accounts because you never changed the password. Most companies don’t know they have been hacked until months and, sometimes, years after.
  •  Don't write your password down or save it as a note on your mobile. Having your password written down on a postit note and stuck on your monitor or saved as a note inside your mobile phone is a bad practice. I have seen many use the note pad in their mobile to neatly store and organise their list of passwords and account usernames. Losing that phone will give the person who stole or found your phone access to any of those accounts.
  •  Browser settings: Browsers usually remember your passwords and history of pages visited. It’s advisable to change your browsers settings and minimize cookies and prevent the browsers from remembering your passwords. You will simply open up the way for the next individual using the machine to have access to your accounts, and he/she could even change your password and block you from accessing the account.

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