Don’t be Vulnerable Online. Choose a Good Password

May 30, 2014

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In today’s world, it’s so easy for our online passwords to be hacked. That’s because too often we pick ones that are considered “weak”. Once we lose our passwords to hackers, they have a hold on all our personal information. Then, there’s no telling what we’re in store for.

Did you know, though, that even the toughest passwords can be hacked into? However, the more difficult our passwords are to guess, the less likely that they’ll be hacked. That’s because these hackers don’t have the time and energy to figure out your combination of characters. Instead, they’d rather move onto the next person’s account that they can get into right away.

Here’s some tips for putting together a strong password:

  • Do not use a password that people can guess easily like your last name, a proper noun or something as basic as “password123”. With these, there’s no originality, so they end up being the first few passwords a hacker will try. That’s why it’s recommended you put together a password using a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.
  • Another idea for a strong password is dreaming up a sentence and then taking the first letter of each word and forming that into its own word.
  • Create a strong password by thinking up two words that have nothing to do with each other, such as tiger and pasta. Then, come up with a few numbers and throw them in-between your words to create a password like “tiger1467pasta”.

Here’s some more tips to keep in mind when creating a password to fight hackers:

  • Keep your password as long as possible: It’s suggested that your password be no less than 8 characters, although the toughest ones to crack are usually around 15 characters in length.
  • Don’t use just one password: Even though a lot of people like to use just one password for all of their accounts on the internet, so that they don’t forget it, this can be really dangerous if you’re hacked into. If they have access to the password of your accounts, they can soon get into everything else.
  • Brainstorm a tough password: The last thing you should do is pick the first password that comes to your mind. You want one that isn’t general or basic like “abcdef” or “123456”. These are super easy to guess and will be hacked into in no time.
  • Your password should be a secret: Even though you may want to share your password with those around you, or write it down on a piece of paper, this is a horrible idea. These accounts, which are password protected, contain your whole life and if the wrong hands, or person gets a hold of your password, there can be a lot of problems ahead of you.

If you want to make sure that your accounts stay safe, choose a password that hackers won’t be able to delve into in a matter of seconds. Online security is everything nowadays, so take the proper steps to stay protected.

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