The Most Secure Practice When Creating Passwords: Module 3
Everybody knows that having a strong password is a good step forward in protecting your personal and business information.
In this article, we’ve combined some useful tips to help you create a strong and unique password and secure your account. So, consider this as a quick guide on how to defend yourself from intruders and imposters.
1. Create a Strong Password
Today, many security experts suggest making passwords of at least 12 characters long. However, one containing 8 characters is also an excellent start. Another method is to have five or more random words in a chain for added security. Include upper case letter(s), numbers, and symbols.
2. Never Use This Kind of Information
Avoid using your or your children’s names, nicknames, street name, any memorable dates, or any information that is publicly available. Also, never include common words or phrases, which are easy to guess (for example, “password”).
3. Don’t Reuse Your Passwords
It’s a terrible idea to have the same password for different accounts, but most people do that. This means giving out a key to a number of accounts you use that same password for. The same applies to using a root password and adding numbers or other additional characters to it.
4. Practice These Methods for Better Password Memorization
Creating complex passwords is one thing, memorizing them is another. We suggest you use the following two methods to be able to easily memorize difficult passwords.
- Use words, which are easier to remember than just letters. Combine five or more random words and then add a symbol(s) and a number(s).
- Another useful method to use is to make an acronym out of easy-to-remember phrases. An example of it is “I’m James Miller and I’m 34 years old” could become “Ijmai34yo”. You can also insert some symbols to make it more difficult to crack.
5. Activate Two-Factor Authentication
Keep hackers from gaining access to your accounts. Two-factor authentication or two-step verification (2FA) is a security system that requires a user to enter information (such as a one-time code) that only they get on their smartphone. Even if a hacker manages to uncover the main key, they won’t be able to access your accounts, as it’s only you who gets a verification code on your device.
6. Consider These Best Practices to Protect Your Password
- Don’t write your password on a piece of paper and put it in a visible place.
- Never share your password with anyone, even if it’s a matter of urgency.
- Whenever you are asked to answer some security questions, which include giving personal information, avoid writing the right answer. Instead, just list something to fill in the field. For instance, if the question is to provide your street address, you can write “Broccoli Salad”.
- Once again, don’t forget to use different passwords for different accounts.
If you haven’t read our second module on how to protect your devices from cyber attacks, then we suggest you do it now.