How to Create a Safe Password?
Passwords are the only thing stopping Hackers from accessing all our details and accounts so they should be long and hard to crack. This guide will highlight 10 simple steps that will help you create a strong password and will make it difficult for anyone to crack and give you some hints and tips on Dos and Don’ts with passwords.
There is no minimum length that everyone agrees on but a safe password should have a minimum length of 12 characters. A longer password would be even better.
Using a mixture of symbols, numbers, capital letters and lower case letters make the passwords a lot harder to crack.
Dictionary words, or a combination, are a bad idea to use as a password as they are obvious and the first things a hacker will try when attempting to crack your password. The most common password in 2015 was “Password” which only takes a matter of milliseconds to crack because of it’s length and the fact it is a dictionary word.
A typical way people think they can increase the security of their password is to change letters to a corresponding number, an e would become a 3. A good example of this is House would become H0us3 and this is not as secure as people think. Hacker’s programs are designed to take this into account when trying to decipher a password.
Usually when a new account is created, the creator is asked for a back-up way to recover the password. These methods must be kept secure and up-to-date so that you do not leave yourself vulnerable.
A password should be changed at least once every 2 months. If your account was to be targeted by hackers a brute force-attack would crack your password eventually and changing the password would significantly lower the chances of them succeeding.
When accounts are logged into using a browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome) the browser will ask to save the password entered. Never allow this as it will compromise the security of that password.
If you suspect that one or more of your passwords have been compromised you should change that password immediately making sure that you log on to a secure computer to do so.
Where possible do not type passwords into computers that do not belong to you. Without the computer belonging to your business you cannot be sure of the security measures that they have in place which could compromise your details.
Never write you password down on a piece of paper. Doing so could result in that piece of paper being stolen or viewed by other people.