With computers and the internet quickly becoming the norm for banking and all sorts of monetary transactions and commerce it’s becoming increasingly important to know the ropes for keeping good passwords. There are a lot of smart people working to steal your identity so it’s important to use strong passwords and know the basics for keeping your credentials safe. Here we’ll look at some great ways to choose passwords as well as some notable tips for keeping your personal information secure on the internet. Length The longer your password the harder it will be to crack. Use this to your advantage. Most websites will require a minimum length of 8 letters so use this as your base. One great way to make long passwords is to take 2-4 words with meaning to you and combine them into a seemingly random phrase. For example you can take the street you live on, your favorite restaurant, and your first grade teacher and combine them into an unintelligible jumble that will still be easy to remember for you. Variance Next, it’s important to add some variance to your password to keep it random and make it harder to crack. A lot of websites nowadays will have requirements in place to make sure your password is not too simple. For example, some will ask that you use a number, symbols, or upper and lower case letters. Use it all! Strong variations in letters, numbers, symbols, and case will create a very strong password. Additionally, you won’t have to alter your password to work with specific websites if you already meet the criteria. Multiple Passwords One of the most simple but still most effective ways to keep your assets safe on the web is to use different passwords for different websites. For example, if your facebook gets hacked one of the first things that the hacker is going to do is to try your same password and username across a long list of websites to see if anything works. If you fall into the habit of using the same password for everything then if one site is compromised so are all of them. So, it might seem troublesome to remember so many passwords (though you don’t need a different one for each website) but this is where your ‘base’ comes in handy. You can use the same root and change the variance or keep the same variance and change the root. This will make it easy to remember but also very strong.
How to Choose a Strong Password
- by Alexandra McGuire
- January 09, 2017
- 2 min read