We all know that having a password protecting your PC or phone is the way to go. This could be for various reasons, for privacy, security, for document sealing, name it. But the trouble surrounding password protection is just how secure the password is.
Sometimes, when we are told to create passwords for an account, we think of birthdays, kids’ names, as well as nicknames, But are these really secure, and can you guarantee that you will be able to keep whatever you are securing away from unauthorized persons? That’s food for thought!
How to keep your password secure
Always have a strong password. A strong password should be a combination of characters such as commas, per cent signs, parentheses, upper-case letters, lower-case letters and numbers [something like ,erRfjs%*$#’vfd]. You can be sure that someone won’t be able to guess or even break a password with a combination that strong.
Make your password as long as possible. If it is 50 characters, so be it. This will make it extremely tedious for a brute force attacker to crack your password. Passwords of around three letters take less than a second to crack.
Do not use the easy words or letters. Do not use a word that would be in the dictionary or letters that are sequential on a keyboard. If your passphrase does not make any sense then it harder to crack. Yes, it should not make any sense.
Do not use obvious details like your name, date of birth, place where you live in the password. We should be at least aware of this. You ought to know that all of that can easily be discovered online.
Change your password regularly. To keep your online identity safe and secure, you need to keep changing your passwords at regular intervals. If it means setting a reminder, do so. And never use the same password ever again.
Enable two-factor authentication. This is a second layer of security to protect your account. Any login to the account has to go through two layers of security before being granted access.
Do not keep one password for all your accounts. This will become the master key to your life, which if lost, will have serious consequences. So, if someone discovers that password, and tries it out on all you accounts? Will you stay the same?
Lastly, always get a password manager to keep all your passwords safe, like LastPass, 1Password, Bitwarden, and others. However, the generating part is where you need to put in a little work.