If any of your account’s login password is still 12345 or after your pet’s name then reading this article can really give you some serious goosebumps.
With the advancements of technology and computing power becoming more affordable, it’s becoming more and more easier to crack even moderate passwords by writing automated programs which can guess passwords by bruteforce attacks on host systems such as your blog. Learn more about what is a brute force attack.
A computer with a contemporary GPU card installed could make 8 billion password guesses per second.Woopoo's Caution
Jeremi Gosney, founder and CEO of Stricture Consulting Group, build a computer system with 25 GPU Radeon cards. The system generates massive power to guess 350 billion passwords per second. According to him, even eight-character passwords could be cracked in hours if not minutes.
With that said, creating a strong user password is your first right step towards securing your blog and other online accounts besides other security measures.
A password is still a major authentication method on the internet right now and it will remain be for the next few years until other proven systems come into place. We will see some tips for creating strong passwords to keep bad guys at bay.
How to Create a Good Password
Don't Use Dictionary Word in Password
You may have heard it before but it’s genuinely true. Using a dictionary word straight in your password is a sin.
Hackers have really big amount of dictionaries with literally trillions of words to compare with passwords. Your password could be knocked off in minutes if you are using a dictionary word.
Don't Use Personal Information
Using personal information is risky in a way if those bad guys are on a task to hack your account.
They will visit your Twitter, Facebook and other social accounts to know more about your family and friends, your hobbies and other vital information you shared and then generate dictionaries based on that information to attack your password.
password must be at least 8 characters long, 12 characters better.
The more you add in your password, more you will give them tough time to break into your account.
Mix up Password
Mixup your password with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
This will add an extra security factor to your password.
Recently security professionals started advising to use phrases for passwords. Phrases passwords are naturally long, easy to remember and give you strong combinations.
A phrase could be anything you can remember, make a password out of that phrase and recall that phrase whenever you want to use that password. We will see a practical example to create a password using phrase later in this article.
Unique Password for Accounts
Bloggers usually use a lot of accounts online linked to their blogs directly or indirectly and using the same password for all accounts is not recommended. If only one of them gets compromised then all of other accounts will be on stake.
Its a bit difficult sometimes to manage unique passwords for all online accounts but we will show you a really easy method later in the article to make unique passwords which you can’t forget.
How to Remember Passwords
We will see two strong password ideas here. Both ideas include creating a stron password easy to remember.
Lets create a good password using a phrase first.
Make a password phrase first. For example, i love you James Bond.
Now jumbled it up like love you i, we will take care of James bond later on.
Fill the spaces with a special character love$you$i.
Change first letter to uppercase Love$you$i.
Add James Bond digits at the end Love$you$i007.
You got a pretty long and strong password. Now you just have to remember that phrase i love you James Bond.
Lets see another tip to create unique passwords for different accounts which you can remember. Lets pick two accounts. For example Yahoo and Amazon.
The idea here is to use the domain name as a password with adding more stuff to make it strong. Let’s see how we can generate a good password using Yahoo first.
The domain name is Yahoo.
Let take it under brackets [Yahoo]
Count the letters in domain and use it at the end of password. Yahoo = 5 letters and so our password [Yahoo]5
Add a special character in between [Yahoo]@5
That’s it. You get a simple and strong 9 characters long password. You get the idea. Make a simple pattern and apply that pattern to all of your accounts you use.
Now take some time and make a password for Amazon using the same pattern above.
How to Keep Passwords Safe
Use a Reputable Password Manager
Password manager is another way to deal with your passwords online.
A Password manager creates strong passwords and keep them in its database so you don’t have to remember them. It will also auto fill passwords for you for any of the online accounts you use.
There are paid and free password managers available but even the free ones come with a lot of features sufficient for a beginner.
Google also raise the bar by adding smartlock to Google Chrome. If you are using Google Chrome, you can take advantage of smartlock to let it remember your passwords and auto fill forms so you don’t have to remember or write every time you visit your account.
Smartlock comes with features like syncing your accounts across multiple devices and locking them down in case you lost them to prevent any data breach.
Security Through Obscurity
The basis of security through obscurity is that an information is secure until its hidden and only you or related people know about it.
It’s a controversial method and sometimes not recommended by security professionals. For example saving all of your passwords in a txt file and rename the file as a jpg so it appears as an image.
In the end let’s see some easy password signals. If your current password is true for any of the following signals, consider changing it and pick a more strong password.
Easy Password Signals
Using personal information
( nickname, pet’s name etc)
1-6 characters long
No use of special characters (@, $, % etc)
All lowercase letters
Keyboard patterns (qwerty, asdf etc)
The purpose of this article is to put forth some techniques on how you can give those bad guys really tough time by choosing a strong password.
Password security is a big concern for all of the big companies and corporations and the only measure we can take is to choose our passwords wisely.
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