We live in a world where passwords have become a part of our daily lives. Whether you are accessing your favorite newspaper, chatting with your friends, or buying stuff online, you need to have a password. The only problem is that your passwords should different for each site, and if you are doing what you should be, it can get frustrating and confusing trying to remember all of these different passwords. That’s why we decided to put together this guide of tips and tricks for password management.
Use Different Passwords Everywhere
It may be easier to use the same phrase for every site, “Simpsonsfan93” in my case, but it really isn’t a good idea. Why? If any one of the many sites I am a member of gets cracked, that hacker now has access to all of my online accounts. A study by BitDefender showed that 75 percent of people use their e-mail password for Facebook, as well. If that’s also your Amazon or PayPal password and it’s discovered, a criminal shopping spree is inevitable.
Try Not to Use Common Passwords
If the word you use can be found in the dictionary and you have not added many punctuation marks and numbers to it, it’s not a strong password. If you use numbers or letters in the order they appear on the keyboard (“1234” or “qwerty”), it’s not a strong password. If it is something special to you that everyone knows about, it’s probably not a strong password. Most people use something familiar like their family members or pets etc… but these are the first things that hackers check for. If you have an online presence it is surprisingly easy for almost anyone to find out where you grew up, who you are married to, and of course what your favorite (insert noun) is. Most hacking programs are designed to take this information and barrage your accounts to find one that works.
How to Build Strength
To create a strong password, you should use a string of text that mixes numbers, letters that are both lowercase and uppercase, and special characters. It should be more than eight characters, the longer than password, the more complex it is for hackers. The characters should be random, and shouldn’t follow any patterns like “1234” as mentioned earlier.
So how do you make a password like this?
- Trying spell backwards. (Example: Turn “Ice Cream” into “maerceci.”)
- Use l33t speak: Meaning, substitute numbers for certain letters or symbols. (Example: Turn “maerceci” into “m@3rc3c!”)
- Randomly place a few capital letters. (Example: Turn “m@3rc3c!” into “m@3Rc3C!.”)
And, Voila! You have a stronger and most confusing password that will help keep your online accounts more secure.
More to Come
Now that you have these crazy strong passwords, you are probably wondering how to remember them, especially if you have many different ones. Our next blog post will be all about password manager tools that you can (and should) use to keep track of all of your passwords while maintaining security.