When creating passwords, you should make sure you’re creating a secured one. Choosing a password that’s difficult for others to figure out will require creating unlikely number and letter combinations. The good news is crafting a hard-to-crack and easy-to-remember password can become pretty straightforward in just a few tips and tricks.
First Things First
When creating passwords for the first time, there are two essential rules to consider: the length and complexity.
- Length – Your password should be at least 8 characters long. For extra security, it should ideally be 12 characters long.
- Complexity – Your password should be a combination of uppercase letters, lower case letters, numbers as well as special characters.
Ways your password can become vulnerable
As mentioned above, common passwords get hacked very easily. Some reasons why common passwords get hacked very easily are the following:
- Obvious passwords such as birthdays, anniversaries or number repetition.
- Many users or companies keep the default “admin” password out of ignorance.
- Many users simply do not want to be inconvenienced to learn new passwords.
Tips for creating passwords:
- Do not use your personal information. Do not use your name, birthday or spouse’s name as your password. Your personal information is often available in public and even online and that makes it easier for someone to guess your password.
- Use longer passwords. A typical password should consist of at least six characters. To add extra security, you could make it at least 12 characters if the website allows it.
- If in case you need to write down your password, make sure to keep them in a secured place. It would be even better if you encrypt your password or you can just write down hints for them so that others won’t be able to understand.
- Do not use the same password for every account. If someone discovers your password for your one account, all the other accounts will become vulnerable as well.
- Include symbols, numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters if the website allows it.
- Do not use words that are found in the dictionary. For instance, the password “swimming1” would make a weak password.
- Random passwords are the strongest passwords. Instead of trying to think one of your own, you can use a password generator instead. However, random passwords are often hard to remember, so it is advisable to use or create a mnemonic device. An example of this is the password “H=jNp2#”. Instead of remembering the word per se, you can try remembering it as “HARRY=Jessica NOKIA paris 2 #”. At first, it may seem random but with a bit of practice, it would become relatively easy for you to memorize. You can also try to select a sentence you’ll know you’ll remember and use the first letter of each word in your sentence, and add some symbols or numbers as your password.
- Make use of a passphrase. Passphrase is one great way to make a unique password out of your favorite song lyric, movie line or a quote. For example, a classic rock fanatic can make their password “Sw33t-h0mE-Alabama” or a science fiction fan could make their password “TMOLI-42” (the meaning of life is 42). The more creative you get, the more it will stick.
Finally, the password you will create should be the one that works best for your situation. Develop a password that’s so unusual that hacking becomes nearly impossible.