Setting Up A Strong Password

Setting up a strong password. Let’s beat the hackers!

Don’t we all want secure passwords to protect our accounts?

Your password is like a sacred key that enables you to access your own personal space, your kingdom that holds your personal data, information and whatnot.

So you must be inquisitive to find out as to ‘what are the best practices to create a strong password’ to protect your accounts against malware, viruses etc.

 

How the passwords are hacked:

It is important to understand how password hacking takes place. Hackers can use several ways and means to access your password.

The easiest of all the ways is to buy your passwords off the dark web. Buying and selling of login credentials in the black market involves huge money. This option is more applicable in any case wherein the user has not changed the password for many years.

In case you’ve managed to keep your password off from the blacklists, then the cybercriminals will try to crack them. There are several ways to do the same. They can use Brute force attacking in which hackers automate the software to try as many combinations as possible in a quick time. Some software are programmed to try 350 billion guesses per second. Scray, isn’t it?

The hackers can also use the dictionary attack. Unlike brute force attack which tries to hack your password using every combination of sybmols, numbers and letters, a dictionary attack tries a list of words we usually find in a dictionary

A phishing attack is another tactic used by hackers to deprive you of your password. Cybercriminal tries to trick, intimidate, or pressurize you in a way that you end up doing what they want. A phishing email is the one which says that there’s something wrong with your credit card account etc. It mostly directs you to click a link, which then leads you to a fake website that resembles your credit card company website in its general outlook. As soon as you enter your website, they grasp the data and there they go.


Common mistakes we make:

Before we learn about strong passwords, let’s discuss the common mistakes we make while setting up the password:

  1. Don’t keep too complex passwords. You need to make simple but smart passwords.
  2. Don’t recycle the same ones. If you’re using the same passwords across different websites can be very dangerous for your emails, banking and social media accounts. Once and if they get stolen, the can be used to access a lot of data.
  3. Never use the ‘save’ or ‘remember me’ option on public computers/devices.
  4. Avoid commonly used, familiar of predictable passwords such as 12345.
  5. Never store a password list on your computer.

 

Composition of a strong password:

First and foremost don’t opt for something which is obvious and predictable such as sequential numbers or letters. Avoid using your name and date of birth in your passwords. The hackers will try to put everything they know about you when they will attempt to guess and access your password.

  • Don’t keep a short password.
  • Use a combination of letters(upper case, lower-case), numbers, and symbols.
  • Choose uncommon words, numbers and patterns.
  • Don’t share your personal data with websites/people.
  • You can pick up a sentence and then mold it into a password
  • Use two factor or multi-factor authentication which helps you add an extra layer of protection. By using the same hackers would require something more than a password to access the account, such as a code sent to your phone, biometric etc

 

What more can be done:

You can protect your login information further with these routine high-security tips:

  • Try to use a VPN when on public Wi-Fi. By doing that when you log into accounts, no one can intercept your username and password.
  • Try to choose a hard-to-guess security question while setting up an account. You should opt for one which only you know the answer.
  • Do not share your password via text or email.
  • Ensure to have an up to date antivirus (Don’t have one? Try Bitdefender antivirus at an amazing price offered by GSNI) If ay malware or threat somehow beats your string defense and breaks into your system then only a good antivirus will save the day for you by promptly detecting and neutralizing it.