Password security tips are required to create a unique and strong password. Almost every day you are using your email, social media accounts, ATM, etc. For all of these, you require a password or PIN to access them. Passwords are something which can protect your sensitive information. In the same way, they can be the source of getting your information revealed if they are not secure.
Following basic password security tips can prevent your password from getting hacked. If you don’t choose strong passwords or don’t secure them, they are as ineffective as not having a password at all.
There are several techniques available for the cyber criminals by which they can guess your password in a fraction of seconds. To prevent your account from getting hacked and thereby protect yourself from identity theft, you should follow basic guidelines for creating strong passwords.
The various security tips that you should follow in order to get best password management are:
1. Avoid passwords containing personal information
Never create your passwords by using your personal information such as your name, your date of birth, your sibling name, etc.
2. Avoid keyboard patterns
Do not use the keyboard patterns like “qwerty” or sequences like “12345678”, “55AAA”, etc.
In a recent scam, 32 million passwords were exposed. According to the report, almost 1% of the victims were using “123456” as their password. Other common passwords were “12345”, “111111”, “qwerty”, and “abc123.”
3. Mix up
While creating a password, never make a password having all numbers, all uppercase letters or all lowercase letters. Use a combination of all of these and even special symbols to make your password complicated and hard to guess.
4. Avoid dictionary words
Do not use dictionary words, a combination of dictionary words, commonly misspelt words, words spelt backwards or slang terms. If your password is in the dictionary, it is open to dictionary attack and is bound to be guessed easily. There are various software available that criminals use to guess words used in dictionaries.
5. Regularly update passwords
Keep changing your passwords periodically, at least once a year.
6. Never write them down
Never write down your passwords somewhere (on a piece of paper, on your computer, phone, etc.)
7. Create shortened phrases
Create your own shortcuts of your favourite phrases to be used as passwords. For example, “2bon2b?” is the shortcut of “To be or not to be?”
8. Never use duplicated passwords
While surfing, you might have found some unusual and strong passwords. Don’t use them! Always create your own.
9. Use lengthy passwords
Make sure the password you use is long enough. It should be at least 8 characters long. Although, it is advised to make it even longer (12 to 16 characters)
10. Use passphrases
Use passphrases whenever possible. Passphrase uses a phrase as a password. Phrases create more secure passwords.
11. Log out
Always log out from each and every account. Never keep your account logged in even if it is your own device.
12. Never reuse
Never use same passwords for multiple accounts. According to two recent breaches, 31% victims reused the same password.
13. Look around
Make sure nobody is around with prying eyes on your system while you type your password.
14. Strict no to public Wi-Fi
Never enter your login information and passwords on websites accessed through public Wi-Fi. Hackers can access your passwords over this connection as it is not secure.
15. Check password strength
Always check the strength of your password. Many websites offer you services to check your password strength.
16. Never share your password
Don’t share your password with anyone, even with your closest friend. Keep your passwords confidential.
17. Do background research
To ensure safety, always make sure that the website you are browsing or from which you are downloading apps is genuine or not. There are several malicious websites which automatically save your passwords without your permission.
18. Use multi-factor authentication
A multi-factor authentication is always helpful to verify the identity of the user. It creates an extra layer of security. Many services offer an option to verify your identity if someone logs on to your account from an unrecognised device. It usually involves sending a text message having an OTP (One Time Password) to your registered mobile number. You need to enter the OTP to confirm the login. In most cases, OTP is not required when logging on from a known device such as your own computer or mobile. This means that if someone steals or guesses your password, he/she still can’t access your account as he/she doesn’t have your phone.
19. Install an anti-virus
Install a secure and trustworthy anti-virus to prevent cyber security threats.
20. Use a password manager
Using a password manager is very helpful to manage your passwords and accessing your accounts without any problem.
If you follow the above password security tips, you can create a strong password and prevent your account from getting hacked. This is today’s need to stay safe from the attacks of the hackers, these hackers could be known or unknown to you. Don’t give them an open invitation to use or say misuse your personal information.