In today's society, with all the freeware tools and all the knowledge out on the internet, passwords are more easily cracked. This is aided as well by the progression of computing power. However, most people are scared of passwords. What many people do not realize is that, at the same time that password-cracking technology advances, so does security technology. I mean, look at all the wonders of security we have today - SSL, Sandboxing, Encryption algorithms such as MD5, etc...
As a result of this, it is very important that you select good passwords and use a different password for each site. When I say this, people are worried that they might get hacked. But, let's think. A hacker that can hack modern technologies in order to get your password will most likely not be hacking you. Instead, he will probably hack the account of someone important in society or a monetary account. But then why do people get hacked? Well, because of how easy you're making it for the hacker by choosing a weak password!
So, without further ado, here are tips for you to have a safe password. Try to take making and remembering a password a challenge for yourself. It is very difficult to retain a certain string in memory for a long while, so use this as a memory excercise.
Tip #1: Use a different password for all websites!
Why?: Well, imagine that your Facebook password gets stolen. If you've used that Facebook passwords on all the other sites you've registered in, guess what? The person with that password now has a key to all your accounts!
How?: Well, when I say this, people dread having two remember two or more totally different passwords. But, use your creativity! Your password doesn't have to be "#!t$mn;123" on one site and "%ym/&Tl" on another. No! Use passwords that are meaningful to you, and secure, which I will cover in the rest of this article.
Tip #2: Use different characters!
Why?: Nowadays, a password-cracking program could probably crack a number-only password in minutes or hours. Simply using a capital letter or a symbol could extend the cracking time to days! Think of all the possible combinations if you use just numbers - and then think of numbers and letters. My suggestion: Try to incorporate at least numbers and letters. Capital letters can be used, and try to add a symbol. However, you should try to use the symbol in a way that it does not replace another character, because some password-cracking programs can circumvent this.
Tip #3: Keep your passwords safe!
Why?: Imagine that you write your password on a sticky note. Then you lose that sticky note or someone takes it from your desk.
How?: Well, as I said before, you should try to remember it. It's a good mental exercise and makes sure no one else has your password. In any case, if you forget one, there's always a recover password feature. If you must write it down, then store it somewhere safe, like a safe! (ha, ha!)
Remember: Password security is a worthwhile investment. Spend 30 minutes remembering it, avoid 10 hours of frustration!
Congratulations, you now know how to make secure passwords!
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