With the advancement of technology day by day and using online platform when storing and sharing data, the security is important more than ever. Every person who has access to the internet will definitely have an email address and most of them will have access to social media because these platforms are now integrated into our life whether we like it or not. These 2 platforms are the most crucial and we should consider securing them as our main priority. Why? If someone gains access to your email account, they could use the "forgot your password?" link on other websites you use, like banking sites, online shopping or social media. 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. Bottom line is a good password is what stands between you and your precious data.
In order to protect yourself from any of this happening to you 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 (max, maxy, maxiee,xmaxx)
- Don’t use your personal data like town, date of birth or country (98polawarsaw, 96frankgerman)
- Don’t se default passwords 123456, iloveyou, passwordispassword, admin and guest are some.
Choose a unique password
- Don’t pick a short password. At least more than 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 authentications
- 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.