All our lives now we work around passwords, it is the basic, yet powerful kind of security precaution we have so far with our data. But bad people out there are always looking for a way to get their hands on our information to hurt us.
With the increase of cyber crime and cyber bullying, some bad users always find their way to our passwords and end their way up to our money and other other sensitive information.
People could get to your password with the way you use it or by tricking you somehow. In this article we are going to look a ways how to keep your passwords and tips on how to chose the right password.
How to choose the right password.
Before we go any further on keeping our passwords safe, we need the right password. Let us first have a few tips on how to choose the right password.
1. Use random words.
The first tip in choosing the right password is always to use random words or characters, never use words that mean something to you like names of pets or people close to you. You could come up with your own words or you could use words from a different language that you can memorise.
The most common method that hackers use is trial and error, so surely the first thing they do is find out a little bit about you, they would try to test out those words that mean something to you and if you made the mistake of using those kind of words, you would be in trouble.
2. Mix uppercase on lowercase characters.
Most passwords are case sensitive, so that means “boy” and “Boy” are totally different passwords; but never use “boy” or “Boy” as your password, it’s a terrible idea.
You could choose to capitalise the first letter of your password, or the middle, or the ending letter. This will make it a more difficult for any bad person to figure out what your password really is.
3. Mix in numbers.
The third tip is to always atleast add a couple of numbers. Never use your birthday or any birthday day of a person close to you. Random numbers make it lot more difficult for someone to figure your password.
4. Use special characters
Always make sure to include special characters like @,&,$, etc. The idea with passwords is to make it as difficult as possible for unauthorised people in figuring it out. Making use of special characters adds to the idea of making difficult.
4. Make it as long as possible.
Length of the password is important. For example figuring out “Boy26” and “bOy@magiC”, which would be easier to figure out. Of course the shorter one so it is important to make your passwords at least 8 characters long.
5. Give meaning to your password.
When I say give meaning to your password, I mean to make it as memorable as possible. For example: using the “boy” example, you could write it in sentence form; “bOy+$@magiC”. You can read the about example as “Boy plus(with) money($) makes/has(@) magic”
You can see from that example that I have used almost all the steps above: capitalisation, a random word(though it’s common), special characters and my password has some sort of sentence form which gives it my own meaning hence making it memorable.
The only step I have missed in the example above is numbers, so to make the password even crazier, you could edit that password to something like “bOy@25=magiC”. The above edited example includes all the steps about, it has random capitalisation, a random word, special characters, it is long enough and it has some sort of meaning.
How keep your password safe
Now that we know and have chose the right password, it is time that we keep it safe and the tips bellow will help you keep you away from trouble.
1. Never write down your password.
One of the most common mistakes that people do is to write down their passwords in notebooks, papers etc. This is really wrong, at one point if someone wants to hurt you in any way, all they would need to get hold of is your notebook. You can lose the notebook or paper, it could get stolen, you could misplace it and a lot of other stuff could happen.
The best idea is always memorise your password in your head.
2. Never use the same password for all accounts.
When you have multiple accounts for different things; site or apps. Never make the mistake of using the same password on all those accounts. Why? Well, it is simply, it takes someone to find out one password and that is all they need to take over your social and online life or actually your entire life.
When you use a different password for each account this will mean that someone has to find out a password for each account and this will make it more difficult for someone do more damage if they hack one account.
3. Don’t use the same password for years.
Always make sure never to make the mistake of using the same password over a long period of time, it would make it possible for someone to guess your password in the long run.
So it is always a good idea to keep changing your password to something new periodically. This will make it difficult for someone who maybe following you around to figure you out.
4. Don’t Sign in your account on multiple devices.
Never sign in your accounts on multiple devices and leave them open, most especially public devices or computers. If you are to do that, always make sure that you never forget to log or sign out. Keeping this in mind will keep you from leaving access to your information by random people.
Passwords are important, taking care of how we use them is really important. I hope this article has given you same basic information to password security. If you think I missed something, please make sure to leave a comment.