When using a computer and the internet passwords can become very important keys to your data. An example of why this is important can be to think of phishing attempts through emails. When you get mail offering you the a million dollars to simply help some random mystery person out what are the questions they ask you? This of course would be your full name, date of birth, location and other personal details.
Why are they asking you this? It’s a way to get information about your passwords. When somebody is going to hack into your information whether it’s through your online banking or other accounts such as on social media accounts they are looking for details that are creating security for you.
What is an Insecure Password?
The most insecure password you can have is one that uses “real English”. Take for example a password like “opensesame”, this is a password that could be tried and guessed quite quickly. Now imagine if this password was complicated with numbers “opensesame9876” this would take longer to work out. In no time at all you have created a password that is easier to work out. This is still not the strongest it can be though.
Builiding Strength in Passwords
One start can be to replace letters in the password with numbers. As an example “0p3n5354me” is harder to remember but ultimately more secure, and of course you can go even further by adding symbols as well. ““@p3n$£$4me” is even more complicated and as long as you yourself can remember it (or store it in a secure way) it will be a lot more secure than using “real English” passwords.
Extra Password Security
There are a few ways to add even more security to passwords you are using. One way is to use an actual program to create the password for you, but this will often make it even harder for you to remember. This leads back to the idea of saving your passwords in a secure place. You will find that there are free programs online that offer a way to secure your password so don’t fear creating passwords that are hard to remember. In fact look at it this way, the harder the password is for you to remember the harder it is for a hacker to work out.
Another tip is to add characters into the password that don’t mean anything to the password itself but just add characters that are unexpected, for example “**0p£n$£54m£**” adds characters that mean absolutely nothing but make it difficult to guess.
Although it’s never 100% possible to protect your passwords from hackers it’s always for the best to try and create them as hard as possible. The more complicated you create them the greater security you will have. Always remember though the best way to be truly secure is to always be aware of what you do online and who uses your computer. Be as safe as you can, rather than sorry later.