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How to Set a Strong Password on the Internet

How to Set a Strong Password on the Internet

It would be anyone’s nightmare if their Email, Facebook, Twitter or other personal accounts get hacked. Preventing such a disaster is not that difficult; all you need to do is set a strong password for each account and keeping it updated regularly. However it might sound really annoying when you are setting up a new account and you repeatedly fail to set your password because you should at least include an Uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, a number and a character!

Well, I assure you spending a minute on setting a password with those requirements is definitely worth it since it helps you protecting all your personal accounts!

Having a strong password would be the best defense against hackers and online criminals who try to access your valuable information.This blog post will give you all the tips you need to know to set proper and strong passwords and protect them online:

Use a different password for each account

Choosing the same password for all your different accounts would be a big mistake. If one password is exposed or stolen by a hacker, all the others would be compromised as well. It would be wise to choose a unique password for each important account or a similar variation of a password with something added to it for each account, to be able to remember them more easily.

Choose long passwords with combination of numbers and characters

Hacking your password would be every hacker’s oldest trick in the book. There are different methods to hack a password such as brute-force, where the hacker uses tools that try to guess all possible combinations of words, numbers and characters to find the right password. So its best if you avoid using ridiculously simple passwords such as “123456” or QWERTY or PASSWORD. Such examples are among the most predictable and vulnerable passwords every year. It might sound scary that every password is hackable, but the stronger the password you choose, more difficult and time consuming it would be for the hackers to find it.

A strong password should be:

  • At least 8 characters long or more.
  • Contain at least one or more special characters.
  • At least one or more numbers.
  • Not a simple dictionary word or combinations of words only.

So, the more complex your password is, the harder to hack.

Use password manager tools

It's almost impossible to remember several passwords for your various accounts. Using password managers helps you easily remember your passwords. Such tools also generate strong passwords for you and help you update them any time. 1Password and Dashlane are good examples.

Use Two Step Verification for Recovering Passwords

According to Bonnie Cha's definition in her blog: "Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security by asking you to provide two forms of identification before you can access your personal information. The first is your usual user ID and password. The second is typically a unique code that is sent to your phone or some other physical device, that you then enter during the second stage of the login process.

Because the second identifier is sent to something that you physically carry with you, it makes it harder for hackers to access your information."

A simple example would be Facebook. To activate two-step verification on Facebook, go to Facebook’s "security settings", click on "Login Approvals". Facebook confirms your cellphone number by sending a verification code to your phone, which later you have to enter on your computer. From your computer, you have the option of activating the Code Generator. See Facebook’s full instructions in this video.

On Twitter you get a verification code via text message or a push notification on your iPhone and Android devices. Twitter also provides a backup code, so that in the event that you lose your phone, you can enter the backup code to log in to your account. This isn’t saved anywhere, so be sure to write it down someplace.

Upgrade your passwords more often:

It would be a good idea to change your passwords every once in a while to make sure they are safe. Password manager apps can help you do that easily without the need to memorize all those complicated passwords. All you need is to enable the app before logging in and it types the password for you automatically.

by Benjamin White