Have you ever been a victim of data theft? If your answer is yes, we can understand your fear. Digital data theft is a direct consequence of weak passwords. You might be wondering, who would want to hack my account? There can be more than one reason to it. These are a few reasons that can account to your account password being compromised –
- When someone close to you is eyeing on your personal life closely. They might guess your e-mail’s password to have a better peek into your personal life.
- If you are a victim of random attack by some hackers. It happens that hacker randomly picks some group of people and they want to crack your password just for the sake of it. In this case, you are clearly under brute-force attack.
- Bugs are the major causes of data breach. Some popular website, of which you are a member, might get affected by it and so do you.
Now that you know how hacking and stealing can result in losing your data, it becomes absolutely necessary to choose strong passwords or such combinations to be secure for future.
What makes a secure password?
Since all types of data breach and password stealing are out of our control, the best thing to do is to create a pretty secure password that can no longer serve as a sport for hackers. Avoiding such situations depend directly upon the strength of your password.
Password strength can be evaluated in terms of ‘bits’. So an 80-bit password is stronger and less easy to break than a 30-bit password.
Tips to create strong passwords –
- Create complex passwords and don’t forget to remember them. For instance, create a phrase that you can remember, something like – “I loved cheesecake and coffee in London’s cafe in 2014” Now you can select the initials of each word and number to create your password. It would come out as “Ilcacilci2011″
- Keep the password for every mobile app different. No two passwords should be same.
- Recycle your passwords regularly. If the hacker knows one password then it will be easy for him to know your password for rest of your accounts so keep changing them regularly especially on the banking sites or mobile apps you use.
- Make use of special characters and numbers for creating strong passwords.
- Avoid sequences like ‘12345’ or ‘abdefg’
- Avoid keyboard sequences like ‘asdfg’ or ‘567890’
- Always avoid using anything personal in your password. For example, never use your personal info like name, street address, date of birth, pet name etc.
- Do not use common words which are obvious and easy to be guessed like god, love etc.
- Update your password twice or thrice an year for better security.
- Take help of password generators to create strong passwords. Make a list of all online services that you use and require passwords. You can create complex passwords for each one of them using any credible password manager available online. Many password managers also help in managing your password in case you forget them.
- The two-step authentication for e-mail accounts is very important. Enable it whenever and wherever possible. For example, Google offers two-factor authentication for its e-mail services which acts as a guard against account compromise. The user is verified by the password and the device they are using.
- From now on, try implementing these tips while creating new passwords. In case of data breach on mass level, users with strong passwords always remain unaffected and secure.