The Internet revolutionized the way we live, learn, communicate and the way we do our business. It changed our daily life on so many levels.
Today, most of us preferred social media as a medium of daily communication. With few simple clicks, all news is spreading faster than ever and keep you up-to-date on what’s happening around.
With few simple clicks, you able to ship anything you want right to your doorstep within hours. With a world full of infinite possibilities, surely there are certain risks.
Cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and cyberwar have become some of the most concerning topics in today’s security landscape.
You surely don’t want this unfortunate event to happen to your online accounts. This worst-case scenario might bring on feelings of nausea and helplessness.
There’s a famous wisdom saying that goes “Prevention is Better than Cure” and “Cry Over Spilled Milk”. You have the privilege to choose which one is better, it’s your online account after all 🙂
Therefore, for every account you create online, you are required to create with a unique username and strong password.
The question is, how do you create a strong password and easily recalling them all?
By following few simple steps below, crafting hard-to-crack and easy-to-remember password is pretty straightforward.
1. Don’t Use Personal Information
You have to remember this is the most crucial step of all. You don’t want cyber-pirates to randomly guess your password using your name, birth date, car plate number and even your cell phone number.
To create a strong password, avoid using personal information.
For example, sarah1234 = not secure and ridiculous!
2. Don’t Make your Password “password”
You just killed me if you set a password, “password”. It kills me to have even written and explained this.
It is a big NO-NO and not smart to set your password with “password”. Take a look at the top 10 worst password of 2017 below:
Please avoid using these common passwords. There are just terrible.
3. CAPS, num13e7, $p3c!@l characters
Yes, this is the most secured combination to strengthen your password. Hackers will use every word in the dictionary to create their best algorithm.
But if you create a strong password, they will get bored and find another victim.
Your password should contain a combination of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
Doing so can make it significantly harder to crack. For example, “Il0v3mtoeat” could be cracked as simple as 35 minutes due to it only contains alpha and number but if you make it “iL0v3T03@t”, congratulations, you just set a strong password.
If you want to check whether you have a strong password or not, you may use password checker.
4. Create a Hard-to-Crack and Easy-to-Remember Password
For your information, hackers are using the best algorithm to continuously test all possible combinations of a password until they able to crack it. Once success penetrates to your business blog, it’s game over to you.
Bear in mind, it is not an easy job BUT it will… if you let them.
Hence, please make it long enough but short enough for your memory. Password length should contain minimum 8 characters.
The longer your password, the stronger it is. Make sure to come up with something easy enough for you to remember but almost impossible for people to guess.
It might be painful to rely on your memory each time but you may also set a password based on your year resolution.
For example, if this year your resolution is to quit smoking, your password would be Quit@smoking4ever.
If you and your family plan a trip to Thailand, your password would be Save4trip@thailand.
Isn’t it more effective and easy to remember?
Who knows someday this practice can lead you to a healthy lifestyle.
5. Remember to Renew and Vary Passwords
Make sure to change your password periodically. As a general rule of thumb, changing your password for every 90 days is highly recommended.
Do not use the same password across your various logins. This security practice prevents someone who has obtained your password through some means, from continuing to have access to your online account.
Changing a password to something different when someone has access to your password is unlikely to be effective.
Chances are, they’ve already peered into your online account, worst-case maybe even installed a keylogger to destroy your future credentials.
The only fix method is not to update or reset your password but to create a unique password for each online account. Means, you need a brand new password then follow the rules to create a strong password.
6. Don’t Trust Your Browser
Please don’t be lazy and let your browser remember every single password you have set.
It is very unsecured if you have done it before. The option is very convenient but it is very risky at the same time.
Not only can other users who have access to your computer log in to your accounts and see your actual passwords or credit card details, but so can a thief if your computer, smartphone, or tablet gets stolen.
If you already set your browser to remember your passwords, you may clean the autofill settings on your browser.
There you go, I have shared 6 important steps on how to create a strong password and at the same time easy for you to recall it.
I hope it will be useful!