How to Create a Strong Password

A few weeks ago, we talked about how you can protect yourself from identity theft. Today, the primary focus is about creating a strong password. Here’s an easy way on how to make passwords which are tough to crack, plus a couple of extra tips for those who have to remember multiple passwords.

Keep your online accounts secure

Working example

For example, let’s say you want to make a simple password for yourself, and your name is Sampath. Rather than making it ‘sampath’, which wouldn’t be too difficult to guess. Consider making it a little tougher. How?

Well, ‘sampath’ could have a number such as 2015, to indicate the current year, making the password ‘sampath2015’, which is a little harder to crack.

To get to the next level, use Upper case letters and symbols, so the password could be ‘Samp@th2015’ or $amp@th2015, which are much stronger passwords.

If you can use a phrase and incorporate it into the password, that would be even better. For example, add the place where you live into your password, and add the tips you learned earlier. Therefore, $amp@th2015 could become $amp@th2015Jael@ or $amp@th2015@Jae1@ (where we substitute the letter L for no. 1).

Make your password secure

Different accounts, same password

In theory, it’s a good idea to have different passwords for different accounts. However, in reality this is quite difficult as people find it difficult to remember complex passwords and phrases. Subsequently, one of two things happen: a) you have the same password for multiple accounts, which is helpful as its easier to remember. However, it is very dangerous as it means that all your accounts could be hacked if someone steals your password. The other, more likely option is: b) You have many simpler passwords which are easier to crack. Once again,this poses a risk to your online security.

Too many passwords to remember? Why not try a password generator

Depending on which online system you use, it may be necessary to change passwords often. For example, certain banks request customers to change their passwords every few months. This is a problem for a lot of people as it takes time an effort to create & remember new passwords. In addition, a lot of us might have multiple passwords (personal email, online banking, Facebook, work/student emails etc). For these reasons, it’s probably a good idea to look into a password generator.

Keepass Screenshot

Here, you need to remember just the one password to open the password generator. The software will create & store existing passwords. We’d recommend looking at popular systems such as Lastpass, Keepass, Password Genie or Dashlane.

All these software makes life easier as you will only need to remember one password…. just don’t forget it though!

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Disclaimer: The views shared in this blog are based on the macro economic conditions & industry status quo as per the time of publishing.

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