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How to Create Good Passwords

closed, door, greenPasswords are there to protect your online accounts. It is not meant to be easy. You should be able to create a password that is difficult for hackers to figure out. Hackers do not magically conjure your passwords. They use cracking software to guess a password. Here is a list of guidelines to help you secure your online accounts.

DO NOT:

  • Do not use “password” as password or any other common password. One of the common passwords is the word password. Before hackers using their cracking tools, they try to use the common passwords first. Avoid using passwords like ‘pass’, ‘123456’, ‘qwerty’, ‘1111’, ‘monkey’. Avoid any sequences, whether it is a keyboard, an alphabet, or a number sequence. Refrain also from using popular sports, movies, books as passwords. Do not making it easy for intruders to guess your password.
  • Do not use your name, your family member’s name, or your pet’s name. You always post pictures of your family and friends. People online, more or less, are familiar with their names. Also, you probably talk about your pet all the time. Passwords after their names – or your name – are very predictable.
  • Do not use information that can be easily obtained. People know your email, birthday, mobile number, license plate, address, and other information that is probably on your social media accounts. If your password is one of these, it is very easy to guess. Whatever you are protecting is also very easy to get.
  • Do not click on “yes”. Every time you log in on any account, the website will ask you if you wish to save your password so that logging in will be easier next time. No, do not store your password. Type it every time you log in a website. It important to remember this tip especially if the computer you are using is available to everyone.
  • Do not use the same passwords for all your accounts. If one account is compromised, all your accounts are at risk. Create a unique passwords for all your accounts especially if that account involves your money, your credit card, or any important online transaction.

DO:

  • Use alphanumeric characters. Your password should included uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and even special characters. The more randomly you add them, the better.
  • Passwords should be at least 8 characters long. If possible, do not settle for the minimum. If you can make it to 14 characters, then, do it. The technique here is to create a phrase, or pick out a line from your favorite song.
  • Do choose a password that you will remember. Choose a password that you know you will remember like a favorite song lyric, movie line, book excerpt. If you cannot remember it, the tendency is that you will write it down. If you write it down, others will know about it sooner or later.

I have mentioned above that you should get a line from your favorite song and adjust it. For example, the line is: you are as cute as a button. Translate some of the words into your local language. Cute in Mandarin is Ke Ai. So, it is going to be: you are as ke ai as a button. Add numbers, special characters, and mix them all together. Now, it will be: Y0u!4R3asKeAi4$aButT0n. Norton also has a password generator that might be useful in case you are out of ideas.

Five Useful Tips Regarding Password Security

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Tips on keeping your accounts secure!

Passwords are important in our lives. It is like a key to your house. We must keep the key safe and away from prying eyes, and nosy neighbors. Same is true with passwords. They are the key to our online accounts, whether it is for social media, online shopping, or mobile banking. A strong password is useless if you do not apply certain precautions. It is imperative to keep these online accounts safe, and these practical tips will help you achieve that.

  • Beware of phishing scams. You are not obliged to open every email you receive. If an email looks obviously suspicious, never respond and just opt to delete it immediately. Unfortunately, there are various fake emails fishing for personal information including your passwords. Always check if the emails you have received are officially from the websites you signed up. Check the URL of the supposed websites and do not give away your password immediately. You might get convinced by an authentic-looking website. Faceboook.com is not Facebook.com. Take note that the first one has three O’s. The real one is spelled with two. Do not let a minor misspelling fool you. If you are unsure of the security of your account, go to its official website and type the website address yourself. Avoid relying on the emails that give you links that will probably redirect you to a totally different web address.
  • Change passwords regularly. Passwords are like a box of tissues. Once you have used it, you cannot use it again. Change your password to something new, and refrain from reusing old passwords. A password change is always advisable as you can accidentally give your password away especially if you are using a shared computer. You may have clicked the remember my password option. Prevent the misuse of your online accounts by constantly changing your password.
  • Never keep your passwords near your computer or store your passwords in an open and shared computer. Keep it in an area only you (or any authorized personnel) have access to. You can utilize password management applications to help you store your different passwords in a database. There are various applications to choose from namely: LastPass, 1Password, True Key, Keeper, Sticky Password, Dashlane, and so on. You can check and compare their security features, and choose what password application suits you best.
  • Avoid entering your password especially when someone is looking. If you think someone saw you typing your password, change it immediately. This is also why it is important to change passwords regularly. You may have accidentally disclosed your password to other people. Handle your passwords with care and do not forget to log out when you are done checking your accounts. Closing the browser is different from logging out
  • Last, but not the least. Never share your password with anyone you know, even to your family and friends. Consider your password as a bank pin. You would not want to divulge your bank pin to your friends. If someone knows your password, your online identity will be compromised. They can access your personal profile, make purchases on your behalf, and even transfer funds from your bank account.