How strong is a strong password? How long should a strong password be? These are some questions, everybody asks. You can create a very strong password. But what’s the use if you forget it?
Its a well known fact that to create a strong password, it should contain both small and capital letters. It must contain at least some numericals and signs like #,@,* etc. Easier said than done. But the biggest problem is how to remember all those password that you may create for your e-mail, FB and so on.
To make it simple this is a guide to create a strong password :
Lets learn the rules to create a strong password to safe gourd our on-line activities. Despite the advances in technology, the greatest security weakness still remains the same that is, the People, the users.
For almost every account that you make on-line, be it your E-mail, social site login, On-line Banking, etc etc. you are required to have a strong password. But how good is a password if you can’t remember it ?
Here are 8 TIPS to serve as a Guide to create a strong password:
TIP 1: DON’T EVER USE THE DICTIONARY:
Some people have the tendency to use weird words from dictionary to use as passwords. If your password can be be found in the dictionary, than every one knows it. So you might as well not have one. The worst passwords are dictionary words and the hackers are much too well aware of it.
TIP 2: DON’T EVER USE THE SAME PASSWORD TWICE:
We all tend to use the same password across multiple sites, since we find it easier to remember. This is what the hackers always try to exploit. Once they crack one site you give them away all your other accounts.
TIP 3: RANDOMLY JAM ON YOUR KEYBOARD:
May sound crazy but almost foolproof. Tap on your key board randomly alternately using the shift button to create a absolutely difficult to remember password. Something like gyrTnjI14kLoPng and copy the password and paste it on a notepad and store it on a encrypted, password protected USB drive. Sounds funny ? no !! it’s a good alternative
TIP 4: RELATE YOUR PASSWORD WITH A PHRASE:
The longer is your password, the longer time it will take to crack. A password ideally should be more than 8 characters long. But how on earth can you remember such a long password.
Here’s a TIP consider a line from one of you favourite poem or lyrics. And join together the first one or two letters of each word to make a password. Just don’t forget the Poem or the Lyrics.
TIP 5: USE A PASSWORD MANAGER :
Well May be ? Password managers are software where you can store all your complex passwords in one place and protect with a single master password. These password manager programs stores all your password in encrypted format and automatically fills in your password when needed with just a one master password.
TIP 6: TRY TO IGNORE THE SECURITY QUESTIONS:
All sites where you need to register has a very limited set of security questions. which used as a hint in case you forget your password. For example “ what is your favourite color”, “what’s the name of your neighbour’s Pet dog” etc.
Hackers are much smarter than you may think of, they can use that information to reset your password and take control of your account.
So a better option would be to enter a password hint that has nothing to do with the question itself. Just for an example if the security question is “what’s your neighbour’s pet dog name” your answer might be your favourite song lyrics or anything that you can remember but has nothing to do with the security question itself.
TIP 7: CREATE THE HABIT OF USING DIFFERENT BROWSERS:
Yes ! may sound strange but its true. This is one TIP I think everyone should practice. For regular browsing use one browser. For your banking and other important on-line transaction use another browser, once your transactions are done close the browser.
That way even if your browser accidentally catches an infection your account is not necessarily compromised and the hackers don’t get the time since your browser would be offline. Recent studies shows that Google Chrome is the least susceptible to attacks.
TIP 8: DON’T SHARE YOUR E-MAIL:
Don’t share your primary E-mail randomly, be cautious. If at all it becomes necessary to give E- mail Add. use a throwaway e-mail addresses, like those offered by 10minutemail.com.
This site self destructs in 10 minutes once a user confirms an online account and logs off. Just remember that anything you write or type online becomes a record for the public to see. So be very cautious.
Next time when you need to create a strong password consider these 8 tips, as guide to create a strong password.
Because at some point of time you and I will get hacked – its only a matter of time. So the golden rule still stands “Change your password frequently”. Lets be safe on-line, till you change the password again.
LAST TIP : Do not write it down in your diary so that every body can see. Surf safe and do not visit sites you are not supposed to.
Posted By: Ben Jamir
Ben Jamir is the Founder and Author of Tipsnfreeware. He is a part time Blogger, sharing his experience and giving a Helping hand to Home users. You will find here the best Windows Tips,Tricks and quality Freeware.