Improve the security of your digital accounts by learning to create passwords that are difficult to hack.
Remember the last time you created a password, how much time did you spend on it? Your answer is probably a few seconds.
Although the password is the first protection barrier that we have against attacks, most of us do not spend much time selecting it. According to a study carried out by SplashData in 2017, some of the most popular passwords were “123456” and “password”.
If we really want to protect our digital accounts, it is important that we stop using these obvious and generic passwords.
It’s impossible to protect yourself 100% from hackers, but we can make their job a little more difficult. Here are 5 tips to help you create stronger passwords.
1. More characters is better
This may seem like a very obvious point, but the longer a password is, the harder it will be to crack.
It is recommended that your password have at least 8 characters, but 12 characters would be the ideal number.
Just don’t use “12345678”!
2. Combine and mix
To create strong passwords, it is important that you combine and mix letters, numbers, symbols and upper and lower cases.
One thing you can do to create these combinations is to substitute some of the letters for numbers or symbols. For example, change the “e” for a “3” or the “s” for a “$”.
3. Think in sentences
When creating a password, we usually think of one word. But a better strategy may be to think of a phrase, since it offers us a higher level of complexity.
The phrase does not have to be that long and if you are a little forgetful, I recommend that you pick a funny phrase so that it is easier to remember.
When writing the phrase, be sure to include numbers and symbols in it as I mentioned in the previous point.
4. Change regularly
Creating a good password is important, but it is also equally important to change it on a regular basis.
I recommend that you try to change your passwords every 3 months, or at least every time you remember. It is also important that you do not use the same password on all your accounts.
5. Use a password generator
Lastly, if you have no idea of what you can use as a password, you can use a page or application that generates passwords. An example is passwordgenerator.net
This generator allows you to choose the number of characters you want in your password, as well as if you want to include numbers, special characters, uppercase, lowercase, etc.
Much of our lives today are lived online and that is why it is so important that we take the time to protect our digital accounts and information.
Think about it every time you have to create a new password.
If you have to remember many passwords, I recommend that you download a password management app such as LastPass, Keeper or Dashlane.
Do you have any other tips for creating stronger passwords?