Password Security Tips

Last Updated on by Kevin Chidi

Cybersecurity is always a priority. Security is a key component of your online presence and will always be a consideration in the way you interact with others. Security is all about protecting your online identity and safeguarding your privacy. It’s about ensuring that you and your family are safe.

From the moment you get online, you should keep your personal information secure. You should also take special care to protect your password, not just for your own benefit, but for the benefit of your family.

There are plenty of ways to keep your information secure. We’ll go over a few of them in this post.

Password Security Tips

Why Protect Passwords?

Password Security is an ongoing topic. There are new hacking techniques every day. Hackers are constantly finding new ways to break into computers, steal information, and wreak havoc.

Hackers are using a variety of tactics. They might be using brute force attacks, where they try different combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols to see if they can guess a password. They might be using dictionary attacks, where they look for common words in a dictionary to see if they can guess your password. They might even be using a social engineering attack.

Creating a password

Choosing and remembering a strong password can be difficult, but it is your primary line of security against cyber threats. The more protected your computer and accounts are, the stronger your password is.

Most people don’t give much consideration to passwords beyond their pet’s name or their birthday, but with the number of data security breaches on the rise, it’s more important than ever to have passwords that are tough to crack.

Are you unsure if your passwords would pass the test? Here are a few pointers to remember:

  • Use 8 characters or more in an alphanumeric sequence, upper and lower case combinations, or symbols to make a strong password. Complete words should be avoided.
  • Make your passwords cryptic to prevent them from being easily known, but make sure they are easy to remember. Consider inventing a unique acronym for a term or phrase you prefer, or inserting phonetic or alphanumeric substitutions for wording inside the phrase, to strike the ideal mix between ease of remembering and difficulty for hackers.
  • Avoid using personal details in your passwords, such as your name, dates of birth, family or pet names, or the name of your firm.

Protecting your password

  • Never give out your passwords to anybody. Coworkers, family members, and friends are all included.
  • Make unique passwords for each of your accounts. When you use the same password for all of your accounts, it’s like using the same key to unlock your workplace, home, and car—each site is exposed if the wrong person gains access to one of them.
  • If you own a business, consider implementing automated password expiration dates that encourage staff to submit a new password after a set period of time. The expiration date is specified by some companies every 90 days. If you do this, you might want to make it so that employees can only use old passwords for a certain number of repetitions.

Try using a password manager to save your passwords on a secure database encrypted by a strong master password of your choosing to help you remember and manage all of your passwords. Password managers encrypt passwords that are stored and can also generate random passwords.

Conclusion

In today’s Internet-centric environment, consumers must be always alert about their online security. Creating and maintaining strong passwords should be regarded as a must-have for preventing data breaches and cyber-attacks. Taking the time to build a strong line of defense early on will save you a lot of headaches later on.