59% of people use the same password almost everywhere. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the same group with your grandpa. Not only most of them use the same password for multiple accounts, but many continue using the same password for an extended period of time. Most people do not realize hackers have reason to steal their data or identity no matter who they are. Security is a moral responsibility today. Your carelessness might hurt your peers or business.
Passwords are everywhere, our credit card pin, door lock pin, emails, social media, bank credentials, and lot more. And it won’t be wrong if I say our lives today depend on these passwords. So learning password hygiene is essential for everyone’s security. I will give you 7 tips about better password practice.
Don’t Use Same Password On 2 Sites:
Passwords are easy to forget or confuse. Especially hard ones and when there are a lot of them to remember (There’s a solution given below). Most probably you will not know if your email server or any other subscribed site gets hacked and your credentials are compromised. And hackers can benefit from selling the data. And then wherever you’ve used the same password, are not yours anymore, or worse, you will not know that someone else has complete access to your bank account or your social media.
Make Your Password Long:
Hackers use multiple methods for trying to get into your accounts. ‘Brute force attack’ is one of the most popular methods. In this technique, a strong computer runs through every possible combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Only complexity will not save your day. A computer can attempt a billion passwords a second. There are 94 letters, numbers, and symbols in total on a standard keyboard. So your <8 character password gonna keep you safe for so long. The longer the password the tougher it is to crack.
Change Passwords Regularly:
2 reasons you should change your password frequently. You don’t know if on one of the sites you subscribe, your security was compromised. So your password is leaked already. So change your password frequently.
If you are keeping something important under a password and hackers keep cracking your password, It will take long but sooner or later they will get in. So changing your password every now and then will ensure your security.
Don’t use Obvious Personal Information:
Your birthday, your pet’s name, favorite football team are very easy to guess. And this makes it easy to crack when your password has them. When 32 million passwords were exposed in a breach last year, the Number 1 common password was “123456.” The next most popular password was “12345.” Other common choices are “111111,” “princess,” “qwerty,” and “abc123.” Leave a comment if one of those is your favorite 🤣.
Have fun with your password:
The technique here is easy to remember, hard to guess, and hard for a computer to crack. If you are setting password manually there’s nothing wrong to play with your password a little as long as your security isn’t compromised. ’31st August, I_am_changing_my_pin!:)’, ‘Iam:)2be26’. Encode them. Easy to remember but at the same time, fairly strong. And manual setting comes to next technique
Keep Passwords Under Wraps:
Don’t give your passwords to anyone else. Don’t type your password into your device if you are within plain sight of other people. And do not plaster your password on a sticky note on your work computer. I know maintaining all the passwords and changing all of them regularly will be overwhelming and you might need to store them, at most, keep a hint sheet. And also keep the sheet safe.
Use A Password Manager:
Saved my favorite for the last. All the hard works will be easy if you start keeping a password manager. The password manager will save all the passwords, it will auto-generate passwords and remind you when there is reuse or a password is old. I have been using LastPass for a while and I am a total fan of it. It has some amazing features like auto-fill, cross-platform use, workgroup use, password nominee (in case the LastPass isn’t used for a certain length of time), biometric unlock, and lot more. And almost all of the useful features for free.
Using a password manager will make your digital security ensured while all you need to remember is a single one, The master password to access the manager.
Stay safe and keep your friends, family and business safe. Also to keep your files safe you might be interested in Cloud Storage.