In today’s time and age, with the dark corners of the Internet housing so many unscrupulous individuals, you need to step up your password game. Remember: whenever you give a website a password, you risk having it stolen, especially when said password is a no-brainer to guess. Hackers have so many means and strategies to gain unauthorized knowledge of passwords, which can lead to so many security problems on the victim’s part.
Here is some good news: following three simple rules in the creation of passwords for each and every login credential you require will give you the much-needed protection against these attacks and security breaches. Always keep in mind that passwords are meant to prohibit entry to those who do not know them, so come up with one that other people will not easily guess.
To get started on creating strong passwords, here are the three rules you should always follow:
Rule No. 1: Passwords are not always required, so do not give one when not needed.
This applies to websites integrated with other websites. You may have encountered some already, when you tried to access a site and it asked you to either sign up or create an account with them, or log in through your other accounts such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter among several others.
In a nutshell, do not give one when you do not have to. Take advantage of the sign up or log in option to use your other accounts. Aside from being more convenient on your part, it also makes your new account safer, since you have safe and secure passwords with your primary credentials.
Rule No. 2: Always come up with a password unique for every log in credential.
Most traditional websites will still ask you to create an account with them, wherein you have to supply a username and a corresponding password. In this case, make sure you create unique passwords for each site you will sign up with. In other words, you can use the same Google username for your Facebook account, but it should have a completely different and strong password.
The logic behind this is that in the event someone steals your password from one site, the hacker can only access this account and not wreak havoc to your other accounts.
Rule No. 3: Unique passwords do not mean anything in any language.
The most important thing you should remember about passwords is that they do not mean anything in any language. They do not make any sense. Creating a healthy, strong, and unique password means combining letters (both in upper and lower case letters) with numbers and punctuation marks. Failure to follow this rule will make your account vulnerable to brute-force attacks, or at the very least, hackers who will easily gain access to it.
As a final reminder, never give out your log in credentials to anyone just like that. Unless you really have to, say for instance, you cannot remember your username, you only have the password, and you would like to have your credentials reset. Make sure you speak with an authorized agent from the website you are trying to access before you share any details.