Having a strong password is important to your cybersecurity because that’s one of the most common ways that hackers get access to your data. Without a strong password, and many people either don’t have one or they reuse the same password for every account, you could be hacked in under an hour.
In the following article, we teach you how to create an almost hacker-proof password that will keep your data secure. Let’s begin!
1. Vary Letters Between Upper and Lower Case
The first step to create a password that works is committing to both uppercase and lowercase letters. Password cracking tools do not perform as well with case sensitivity, so taking advantage of that with your passwords is a good idea. At the very least, it will make your password not worth the time and trouble when there are other much easier passwords to crack.
2. Use Numbers in Addition to Letters
If you really want to create a secure password, you have to pay attention to other characters as well. Numbers are a good starting point, and usually a random assortment at that.
Birthdays for yourself or your children, social security numbers, the year you were born. These are all pretty obvious, but the random assortment of numbers mixed in with uppercase and lowercase letters will stifle attackers.
3. Include Symbols When You Can
Another component of password creation that isn’t always allowed, depending on the website, is a special character. This would include things like the “at” symbol (@), the exclamation point (!), and the pound sign (#).
Not every website allows special characters, or, if they do, they limit the ones they accept to less than 10. Regardless, take the option by spicing up your password with at least one special character.
4. Change Your Passwords Regularly
For the sake of data security, commit to changing your passwords regularly. This can be frustrating if you’re creating a new password from scratch each time, but using a strong template where you only have to change one or two details will make it easier and no less secure.
5. Enable 2FA When Possible
Another effective information protection option is to enable 2FA (or two-factor authentication). This is when you enter your password, which generates a code.
That code is sent to another device that only you have access to. You grab the code, enter it, and voila, you’re done. It’s an extra step but very hard to crack.
6. Take Advantage of Password Managers
Lastly, consider using password managers like LogMeOnce. These work by encrypting all your passwords where only you can get to them. Enabling the manager to work with websites creates a secure connection that automatically populates a password when you need it, tying it to the website and user account associated with that particular URL or app.
You could also write your passwords down by hand, but that’s not always the most convenient. It can still be hacked, too. This happens in two ways.
Either someone gains access to the physical journal they hack into your phone and steal pics. Why pics? Because we often fail to remember the various passwords we’ve written down and know we need to take our journal with us but don’t want to, snapping a pic instead.
Strong Password Protection Is Essential to Protect Your Data
A strong password is about varying up the case of the letters, including numbers and other special characters, and changing it often. You also want to incorporate extra safety measures whenever you can. For more tech and cybersecurity tips, check out some of our additional posts!