Is your password enough?

It’s a good reason for Netflix to warn users to change their passwords. When successful giants like LinkedIn, Google, eHarmony, Yahoo and others have had problems with security breaches and cracked passwords, you should seriously think about creating a stronger password. In this new era of cybercrime, no one is safe from hack attacks and potential keyloggers. Writing “wrong” or “I don’t know” as a password can be humorous for some, but they are very secure. And security is no laughing matter at all. If you think these passwords are bad, check out this list of the 10 worst and most insecure passwords on the Internet:

  1. 123456 (No. 1 for 3 consecutive years)

  2. password (# 2. 3rd year in a row)

  3. 12345

  4. 12345678

  5. football

  6. qwerty

  7. 1234567890

  8. 1234567

  9. princess

  10. 1234

Sure, there are methods to create a more secure password, but nonetheless, when it comes to massive digital breaches lately, we can do more than move away from “familiar” clichés like “qwerty123” or “loveme123456”. Six-letter passwords do not even suffer from high-quality cracking software. Here are some things to keep in mind to make your password more secure:

Length and complexity

In this fast-paced digital age, today’s computers are fast and efficient compared to the machines of a decade ago. This means that it is now much easier for a cybercriminal or hacker to work quickly with the professional or personal information of accidental victims. Millions of password leaks are being reported consistently, but so many are refusing to understand why password length and complexity are so important.

At least eight characters are considered in a password, in some circles, which is enough. But we recommend considering 16 or 20 characters or more. Easy-to-remember phrase passwords, random phrases, or song lyrics should also be done, as they should be more than enough to provide more secure security for your networks and devices.

The key is to think outside the box. Although popular articles suggest unique ideas for your password, it’s not a good idea to take them as normal. Guess your own model and only you will remember it. Hackers continue to keep up with the latest trends. They are knowledgeable about familiar patterns and will be happy to test these password tips.

Password patterns

There are many Star Wars fans in the world with a solid knowledge of the franchise and the universe. Hackers know that. They also know that “you can force yourself,” for example, is a common estimate for trying to change someone’s password.

Master Yoda would recommend using a standard mix of capital letters, symbols, and numbers. However, this practice is complex and you do not have to use the same difficult password with all your accounts. If thieves enter a password manually, you can bet they will use it in your other accounts.

In addition, a 2013 study by the Federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency conducted by Korelogic reported that there is a common pattern in capital letters, symbols, and number passwords used by people. The pattern goes like this: first the character is in uppercase, then 5 or 6 lowercase, then 3 numbers or the year of birth. The common mistake is to put a capital letter first, ending the password with a surprise sign, and not scattering the numbers between characters.

Our advice would be to use a multi-sentence phrase of 16 characters or more consisting of random words. For example, “correcthorsebatterystaple,” consisting of four common English words, but considered so random, that any hacking script could be tried and deciphered would require 550 inventions per second in 550 years. **

Are you typing your passwords?

The notebooks won’t cut either. Only passwords are hard, so people usually type them. Many people make mistakes when they leave notes in their wallet or drawer with their credit card passwords. While cyber thieves don’t have the technology to access your pieces of paper, your family members, roommates, co-workers, maintenance staff, and others do. And that probably goes against good business security practices.

Password management programs can help. Simple software uses a master password to store your invaluable passwords in a single sentence. Very secure and unique passwords can be built and only one password must be remembered for recovery. Programs like 1Password, Keepass, Dashlane, LastPass, Sticky Password and others can save valuable information and ultimately save time and money.

Changing the password

It should be noted that this is not exactly the most appropriate method to deal with cybernetic methods. Changing it every 2-3 months is not always the best idea, as you will need to remember all the passwords. You should change your password if there have been major security breaches on your website or service, so you should be aware of the latest news.

They are just as important as security questions. The strongest password can be corrupted due to a weak security response. The questions are usually your mother’s last name, the city where you were born, and disaster can occur if hackers have that information. All of this can be easily accessed by Facebook or other information left on social media depending on your privacy settings.

Considering things

In short, there is no empty method for creating a completely secure password. We may endeavor to enforce these passwords and protect our networks and vital information.

– Always make unique passwords “Doolittle1982!” Or with memorable combinations of words, symbols, and numbers that aren’t similar to ordinary patterns like “7LittlePiglets #”.

  • Always use passwords that are 16 characters long, complex enough but easy to remember

  • Never write your name, address or year on your password

  • Consider using a password manager

  • If you don’t live alone, don’t write passwords on sticky notes

  • Avoid using 12345 number string combinations

  • Avoid using the Top 25 worst passwords, according to SlashDot

  • * “Worst Passwords of 2016” from SplashData

  • ** TheVerge.com article “Best Practices for Passwords”