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Do I need a strong password?

09th July 2021

The answer is yes. You may be wondering, why do I need a strong password? The truth is that even though most websites are secure, there's always a small chance someone may try to access or steal your information. This is commonly known as hacking. A strong password is one of the best ways to defend your accounts and private information from hackers.

 

Tips for creating strong passwords

A strong password is one that's easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess. Let's take a look at some of the most important things to consider when creating a password.

  • Never use personal information such as your name, birthday, user name, or email address. This type of information is often publicly available, which makes it easier for someone to guess your password.
  • Use a longer password. Your password should be at least six characters long, although for extra security it should be even longer.
  • Don't use the same password for each account. If someone discovers your password for one account, all of your other accounts will be vulnerable.
  • Try to include numbers, symbols, and both uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Avoid using words that can be found in the dictionary. For example, swimming1 would be a weak password.
  • Random passwords are the strongest. If you're having trouble creating one, you can use a password generator instead. 

 

Common password mistakes:

Some of the most commonly used passwords are based on family nameshobbies, or just a simple pattern. While these types of passwords are easy to remember, they're also some of the least secure. Let's take a look at some of the most common password mistakes and how to fix them. 

Example 1: brian12kate5

Problem: This password uses someone's kids' names and ages, it's too much personal information, along with common words that could be found in the dictionary.

Solution: A stronger version of this password would use symbols, uppercase letters, and more random order. And rather than using family names, we could combine a character from a movie with a type of food. For example, Chewbacca and pizza could become chEwbAccAp!ZZa.

 

Example 2: w3St

Problem: At only five characters, this password is way too short. It also includes part of someone's address, which is publicly available information.

Solution: A stronger version of this password would be much longer, ideally more than 10 characters. We could also substitute a nearby street name instead of her current address. For example, Pemberly Ave could become p3MberLY%Av.

 

Example 3: 123abccba321

Problem: While patterns like this are easy to remember, it follows a simple pattern but they're also some of the first things a hacker might guess when attempting to access your account.

Solution: Remember that random passwords are much stronger than simple patterns. If you're having trouble creating a new password, try using a password generator instead. Here's an example of a generated password: #eV$pIg&qf.

 

Example 4: BrAveZ!2

Problem: There's nothing really wrong with this password, but remember that you should never use the same password with different accounts.

Solution: Create a unique password for each of your online accounts.

 

Do not write your passwords on a paper

Instead of writing your passwords on paper where someone might find them, you can use a password manager to store them securely online. Password managers can remember and enter your password on different websites, which means you won't have to remember longer passwords.

 

Need help to generate a strong password or install a password manager? Drop into the store today.

In King IT, we have heaps of useful tips and tricks to help you improve the way you use your device, enhance your security, and ways to make things easier. We are always here to help, so pop in with your questions, no appointment is necessary. Click here to find your nearest store.