Protect Yourself by Picking a Secure Password

Strong passwords are crucial to your digital wellbeing. Be sure to safeguard your information by applying the advices provided in this article.

Passwords of your email and social network accounts should be your top priority. You might think about your bank but hold on. If somebody manages to access to your email account, they could use the “forgot your password?” link on other websites you use, like online shopping or banking sites. If a hacker gets into your social network, they will have the opportunity to scam your friends by sending out links to dangerous websites or posting fraudulent messages asking for money. The bottom line is that a good password is all that may stand between a cyber criminal and you and your people.

How to Generate a “Good” Password

A good password is one that a person with bad intentions can’t easily predict or crack by using a software. However, this password shouldn’t be out of the blue as well. You still need to remember it. Therefore, there is a list prepared for you. Let’s check it out together:

  • Get familiarized with the Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). This will add another layer security to your account. There are a couple of types of 2FA. These are:
    • Another password or a pin code
    • A one-time use code that will be sent to your mobile phone
    • Google Authenticator
    • Fingerprint
    • Connected tokens such as card readers, wireless tags and USB tokens
Google Authenticator
  • Don’t use commonly used passwords such as “123456”, the word “password”, common keyboard layouts like “qwerty”, “111111”, or a word like, “banana”.
  • Make sure your user passwords are at least eight characters long. The more characters and symbols your passwords contain, the more difficult they are to predict.
  • In order to avoid the dictionary-based systems developed by hackers, don’t use a meaningful word. However, words like “cheerz” may be predicted too. You need to misspell it as much as possible if you really have to use a word. Use “chiirz”. I personally don’t recommend 1L1K3B4N4N4S since it will be difficult for you to type. Life is not that long.
  • Don’t derive the name of your pet, the name of your birthplace, birthday etc.
  • Try not to use the same passwords in other websites. Administrators of some websites can view your password and try to use it in another platform along with your email since you already give them. Have a category. In forums and such, you can go ahead with one type of password. In banking sites, use another one by modifying for each website. For HSBC, use Kya2010H (Kya = your car, Kia; 2010 = the year you had your first cigarette; H = HSBC). For CHASE, use S92011C (Your mobile phone, some another milestone year, C for CHASE). Get your own system for this and study on it. Don’t decide your passwords at that moment if you don’t want to forget after a while.
  • Think about using a quote that matters to you and use the first letter of each word of it. Let’s take a look at “Get busy living or get busy dying”. Make it Gbl0Gbd1.
  • Don’t write your passwords down, share them with anyone or let anyone see you log into devices or websites.
  • I’m not telling you to change your passwords regularly. This may not always end well. Do it at your own risk.
  • Log out of websites and devices when you are finished using them especially if you share your device with others.

Your passwords are your digital wellbeing, as I mentioned when I started this article. The suggestions above are all easy to apply on a rainy Saturday. Training yourself for an hour will pay off for all your life. 
Stay safe.

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