Your password is a guard that keeps all your personal information safe. You wouldn’t leave your front door with easily breakable lock, don’t leave your online accounts either.
When choosing a password, there are several things to keep in mind. Finding a right one can take a bit of time and brainstorming, but once you have it set up it will be easy to remember and hard to hack. Check out these tips and protect your information.
- Password length is important, don’t let it be less than 8 characters.
- Come up with a unique sequence that make sense for you, then make changes.
- Don’t use dictionary words in any language as those are easy to hack; instead create combinations by leaving out certain letters or replacing them with numbers and special characters.
- Be specific when modifying. It should make sense for you, and not only today, but six months later as well.
- Don’t use your name, your pet’s name, birthday, address, phone number, or any similar information.
- Capitalize a few letters inside a word/phrase (not just the first or the last one).
- Use special characters such as #,*, [, %. However, be careful to choose those that are easy to find on your keyboard.
- Create different password for each account by thinking of the special associations for the given account. Again, it should make sense to you.
- Use imagination: come up with a topic or an image vivid enough to recall at any time.
- Remember! It’s crucial to be able to memorize your password. A sticky note ends password security no matter how creative you were when building it.
Next step in protecting your online security is to implement a multi-factor authentication whenever it’s possible. This could be any additional pre-setup security question or a one-time code sent to one of your devices. The multi-factor authentication provides an additional security level even in cases when your password was compromised.
In situations when you are using devices other than your personal ones, make sure to sign out as well as to delete passwords from browsing history.
And yes, change your password from time to time. Contact us today to learn how iRangers prevents cyber attacks!
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