What to consider when choosing a secure password

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Creating strong passwords for all your online accounts and remembering them is quite the challenge.

The most simple definition of a good password is that it should be difficult to guess by both computers and humans alike. This is as good a definition as any but it doesn’t give away the recipe. In this article we will instead focus on some hands-on guidelines when it comes to creating secure passwords.

A basic rule for creating a good passwords is to keep it above 12 characters and include a mix of numbers, uppercase, lowercase and special characters. Names of family members or other personal information should not be used and remember; It’s better to have a long and slightly less complex password that you can actually remember rather than a short, complex password that you will most certainly forget fast.

Never use a password more than once. Doing so puts your security at unnecessary risk if hackers manage to get access to one system or service that you are using. The only time you really need to change your password is if you forget it, if an anauthorized person gets a hold of it or if you store the password on a “Password Database” that has been breached.

 

The checklist

  • Avoid passwords based on common words, such as names of family members or other personal information
  • Always mix numbers, upper case, lowercase and special characters
  • Make sure to use more than 12 characters in all your passwords
  • It’s better to choose a long password that is easy to remember than a short, complex password that is easily forgotten.
  • Never use the same password twice
  • Never use your username as your password
  • Avoid personal information such as nickname, personal number etc. in your passwords
  • Avoid common words, words that can be found in dictionaries, repeated characters or characters in a logical sequence 12345, etc

 

Other ways to handle your online security and protecting your personal data as well as making things a little easier for yur self is to organise your passwords and using two-factor authentication.

 

Organise your passwords

Use a password manager such as LastPass  or KeePass to store your passwords. Keeping all your passwords in a password manager is a good solution if you have trouble remembering them. Whatever manager you choose you will only have to remember one single password.

 

Use two-factor authentication

Where available, always select a login method with two-step authentication. Note that the choise of passwords along with the two-step authentication does not guarantee that your accounts are fully protected from instrusions. It can however create a “barrier” for hackers that are trying to access it.

This is how two-factor authentication works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIOUlQeQbNM

 

Im the marketing manager at City Network and I publish news and updates from the company.

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