Passwords today are big deal. With online activity increasing day by day and with increased logins and usernames, there is a great need to safeguard your online credentials. Your username need not be confidential but what about the password? Your password need to be super secure and confidential so that nasty hackers out there keep a distance from you and your accounts. Here we will talk about what your passwords should be and how you should manage them, and most importantly what to avoid for passwords.
While many of us are using a secure password for our login purposes, but what we need to ensure is, is that password really keeping us safe online? So, what makes a password safe? One of the foremost points that makes a password safe is that it is not repeated for all or any of our other accounts. While many of us may be following this strategy, there a still a lots who use same password for more than two accounts, just for the sake that it helps them remember their password.
If you are one of those, start changing your passwords right now and read on to know how to efficiently choose a password and manage them. People now-a-days login to their websites, their Facebook accounts, emails, online communities and much more. And imagine are using same password for all of these accounts. Now why wouldn’t a hacker who cracked your Facebook password, try hand at your email? Or any other accounts? How easy it would be for him to crack those there is only one password protecting all of them? Sure you don’t want that. But this is a bitter truth that websites/accounts do and can get hacked. So the best you can do is to give the hacker a tough competition. So that he wears out solving your password and move on to an easier target. How can you do this? Read on.
Tips to choose and safeguard a password:
- Use unique passwords: As already explained above, why you shouldn’t use same password for more than one account, security experts consider it a big security risk as it leaves all your data vulnerable.
- Use combination of different characters: A good password consists of combination UPPER CASE, lower case, $PEC!@L symbols, and (123) numeric (456). Make sure you use these wisely in an intermixed fashion. For example “23R@k8e_eFf2 ” is good example for this combination.
- Length matters: Always keep your passwords greater than 8 characters at all costs. You should never ever use small passwords. Keep it long, even if you can’t remember it. (Will talk about this later in this post).
- Personal Information is big no: Using your personal information, such as your birth date, your father’s name, your pet’s name, your anniversary and other information that is easily available to others should avoided at all costs. This is info is easy to guess, and hence crack.
- Random Password is not a random password: Remember nothing is random. There is an algorithm that defines random. So if you are using a password generator for secure passwords, make sure you add your own characters to it, or change some that are already present. This way you can be sure that it was random.
- Storing them needs care: If you already have different passwords for all your accounts, and use some pretty long and difficult ones, you probably want to store them somewhere. But storing them on your phone or laptop in a simple note or text file is the biggest mistake you will ever make. This can give others, access to your passwords, and bang! Your account is gone. So make sure you keep them in a password protected area, you remember that password!
So this was it. The magic mantra to use for your passwords. All of them. Even the least important ones, because everything counts. As I know little bit of hacking, I know how important role Social Engineering plays. So you gotta keep everything safe.
Keeping long passwords is one advantage that works in your favor. Because they take more time to crack. Sometimes months, a lot of them in other cases. But with keeping long passwords, remembering them can also be a hell of task. Don’t worry the next section deals with this issue.
How should I manage my passwords?
Managing your passwords for all the accounts can be a nightmare when you have a lot of them. While remembering all of them is not everyone’s cup of tea, there simple solutions to it. The first one would be keeping really secret and confidential, encrypted password file. Notice the word encrypted? Yes, that is important to keep them safe, just in case. While you have to extra careful with those files, there is also an easier way to manage them. Password Manager.
A password manager keeps all your login credentials and passwords in a safe place using high, industry level encryption methods. They help them ease up your life, filled up with so many scary, long passwords. Only one thing you have to remember is — a password, to the password manager.(pretty weird though,a password to protect other passwords). And you can save yourself from the hassle of remembering all other passwords. Just choose a one and get going.
The choice of a password manager really depends on one’s preference. Different password manager offer some different and unique functionality. So it comes down to your personal choice, which password manager you want to choose. You can choose from free choices like Keepass, Sticky password, or there are some very useful paid version available like LastPass and mSecure.
While if you ask me, I use Norton’s Identity Safe. Why? Well, it’s available for Windows, Android and iOS. So all my devices are covered. And most of all it offers great functionality that too for FREE.
So what you think folks? What’s your take on the password strategy? Did we miss something? Or you need more guidance? Sound off in the comments!