Tips To Avoid Having Your Password Hacked
Even while creating a password there are rules that need to be followed to have a strong password. Sometimes you need to use a mix-bag of upper and lower case and at times you need to use numbers or symbols. We cannot create a password that we want. But with online safety being encroached at a growing speed, we are in a need to create stronger passwords. So what really makes a strong password?
A strong password is one that is distinctive and known only by you. One that would not be easily guessed by anyone. Plus difficult enough for the hackers to crack it. This means you have to use a combination of lowercase and uppercase characters, symbols and numbers. It is best that your password be at least eight characters long and be associated with your name or username.
Tips to avoid your password from being hacked
- Avoid login on to your account through public WiFi. These networks are not secure. Using any site that asks you to type in a password while connected to an unsecured network will risk your email account. You might be thinking that you are not at risk if your twitter account gets hacked, but your twitter password may give out information that can put you at risk.
- Avoid repeating the same password across multiple sites. We understand it is difficult to juggle multiple passwords and as attractive as it is to just stick with one password for all sites it is not a great idea. Also do not think a password is altered just because you manipulate some numbers around, add a character or change what letter is uppercase. xyz132 is the same as Xyz123.
- Do not use your own name in your passwords or any data that can be found on your social sites. It might sound great to you use your name with your birth date as your password but this information is easy for anyone to guess viewing your social media profile. Do not use any information that can be attached to your identity.
- Do not keep any written/typed record of your passwords. If you you need have multiple and different passwords, it might be hard to comprehend how to remember which password is linked to which account without any record. If you cannot remember it memory than write it down in a note book, and keep it in a safe place. Avoid keeping a soft copy of your passwords.
- Avoid sharing your passwords with anyone. In the worst case scenarios share your password with someone trustworthy like your spouse or your best friend. Clear out as many queries as you want before sharing the password. Again, your password is the most safest when you keep it to yourself.
- Also remember to change your passwords frequently or if you see any strange behaviour within any of your accounts. If your email account is hacked it would make sense to change your password on all platforms.
- Being able to do everything online is a great idea. But along with comfort comes accountability and risk. Take accountability to guard yourself and create passwords that are strong.
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by techtalks @TechTalks October 13, 2015 9:18 AM UTC