Every person who has access to the internet will definitely have an email address and most of them will have a few social media accounts, as they are closely integrated into our daily life whether we like it or not. These platforms are the most crucial when concerning security as a lot of personal data is stored on them. Why? If someone gains access to your email account, besides having acces to all your sent and received emails, they could also use the "forgot your password?" feature on other websites you use, like banking sites, online shopping or social media in order to get access to those accounts. If a hacker gets into your social media they have the power to scam your friends, humiliate you by sharing false information or even use your image for illegal activities. A good password is what stands between you and the ill-willing people who wish to steal or misuse your precious data.
How to create a secure password?
In order to protect yourself from any malicious actions with your data, here’s a little guide of what you should and shouldn’t do.
Choose a password that no one can guess.
- Don’t use your name or derivatives of it (e.g. max, maxy, maxiee,xmaxx)
- Don’t use your personal data like town, date of birth or country (e.g. 98polawarsaw, 96frankgerman)
- Don’t set default passwords. 123456, iloveyou, passwordispassword, admin and guest are some examples of passwords not to use.
Choose a unique password.
- Don’t pick a short password. At least 8+ characters
- Use a variety of letters, numbers, symbols and capital letters (1L0v3CH0c0L4t3!)
- Don’t use a solitary word in any language, try to misspell it much as possible
Do not share your password.
- Don’t tell others your password no matter how much you trust them, it can be interpreted by a third party
- Don’t send your password via email
- Don’t save your password in any web browser
- Don’t save passwords or use “remember me” option on public computers
Two factor authentication.
- Use of 2 passwords to gain access but not available in every place
Have different passwords for separate accounts.
- Have separate but similar passwords in order to remember them
Before choosing a new password, why not test it out on the password checker below. It’ll tell you how soon your password could be cracked using a brute force attack.