Creating a Strong and Secure Password

In the midst of the twenty-first century, we have come across instances or have heard instances of accounts getting hacked. Especially, if we talk about social media accounts, the stats are alarming. Cyberbullying through these hacks are increasing day by day leading to more serious issues. In order to stay safe in the world where there are potential hackers, you need to have your account secured using strong passwords that are hard or almost impossible to break. Have a look at some of the tips, do’s and don’ts while creating a password.

1. Do not use simple dictionary words

People tend to choose simple words for their passwords, such as, name of someone they love. Make sure, not to do that because it’s very easy for someone to enter your wives/husband’s name and open your account. Instead, think of something, that no one else knows expect you. Use a combination of strange words, which might not even make any particular sense.

2. Using the number keys

Using the number keys gives a slight more complexity to your password. Now that doesn’t mean you should add 12345 to your password, or your phone number or your house address. Think of a random number of set, remember it and it in your password between the alphabets.

3. Security Questions

In case we forget our password, we are asked one or two security questions. Those questions are answered by us already. So when answering those questions, make sure not to choose easy questions, such as, Place you were born in. Instead, choose a question and write a false answer to that. So that whenever, someone tries to hack into your account using the security question and if they enter the right answer to the question, the account would not open since you have added a false answer which only you know about.

4. Do not reuse old passwords

When we are creating a new account, we tend to use the same password we are using for 10 other accounts. This is dangerous. When a hacker breaks into one of your account, they can access the other 10 with the same password. Make sure to come up with a new password for each account you create.

5. Long passwords

Another tip for creating a strong and secure password to make it long using uppercase and lowercase alphabets, symbols and as well as the numbers. For example, if someone is sitting next to you and you type in a password, the other person might not be able to remember a long complex password. In the other scenario, if you have a short simple words password, the other person and easily track your fingers and remember your password.

6. Never share your password

In order to keep your password secure, do not share it with anyone. There are scamming links that lead you to website where you are asked to enter your password. Never enter your passwords on a site that is not secure. Those are the sites from where the attackers breach out your passwords. Also, do not write down your passwords, someone else might look at them without you knowing. As they say “Something are better when they stay hidden”, this applies to passwords as well.

7. Change Passwords Periodically

It is advised to change your passwords now and then. Someone might be looking out to your password for a long-term and it is easy for them to guess it. So it’s better to keep changing the passwords every month.

8. Two factor authentication

Most of the website and accounts now offer a two factor authentication. Turn on this from the settings of your account. You are required to enter your number. So once you enter the right password into your account, the account will not open instantly. A text message with a code will be sent to your phone number. You will have to enter that code into the space provided to open your account. Once you do so, only then the account will open.

9. Never save your passwords on a computer/phone

Often we are prompted with a message “Save password for this site” choose the option “never”. If we allow the website to save the password, if is more prone to be attacked by any potential hackers, they can breach the password out of the computer/phone easily.

So these were a few do’s, don’ts and tips to secure passwords. Make sure to follow them when creating a new password and help secure your account.

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