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|Passwords are the first basic steps to protecting yourself from a variety of cyber crimes. From unauthorized access to information on your computer at work, or at home, to an actual case of identity theft.It is now almost becoming a weekly occurrence that we hear on the news that another huge corporation like Target, or The Home Depot, has been hacked. Yet most people still don’t put a lot of thought into creating a password. It’s usually easiest just to create a short, easy-to-remember password, or even just to use the same password for every account you have. After all, the average person probably won’t be able to guess your password, right?
Well, did you know that hackers often use password-cracking software that can keep testing many different passwords until they find the correct one. Usually, just as was mentioned in the video, it is just going through all the words in the dictionary. And that can easily crack weak passwords… within seconds! By creating strong passwords, you can greatly reduce the chance that your personal, or financial information, will be stolen. Or worst, your entire personal identity.
The video gave some very simple, but very effective, things you can do. Here are some additional do’s, and dont’s, to help make your passwords stronger:
1) Pay Attention – The single biggest password security risk is apathy. Hacking, and Identity Theft happens to millions of people every year. And every year the numbers keep growing. Yet nobody thinks it will happen to them. Until it does!
2) Use Different Ones – When it comes to creating passwords, remember to use separate and unique passwords for each site. Password reuse is your enemy. That’s because when criminals obtain passwords, they often trade them with other people via underground bulletin boards. Then that person will test whether the username, and password, for one site will work on another.
3) Think Beyond Letters – Just as in the video, a really simple thing you can do for stronger passwords is to mix in non alpha characters such as ?, !, $, %, in the password.
4) Use Uncommon Patterns – Also try to not pick easily recognizable patterns. Users should not rely on common patterns. Obviously, no one should be using things like 1234 or 0000. But people still do it. Also, research has suggested that sets like possible day / month combinations (4 digits starting with ’19’ or ’20,’ or combinations which can be interpreted as day/month values like 0501) are particularly weak.
5) Don’t Use Bio, or Personal Info – Avoid using public details about yourself to build a password. Don’t use things that can be discovered about you, such as your hometown, the name of your pet, spouse, your children’s names, etc.
6) Make Them Longer – The modern hacker software, and programs, simply make child’s play of short passwords. They can crack 4 character passwords in 2 billionth of a second. That is just hard to even comprehend. But it is the reason everybody is now requiring 8 character passwords. A five-letter password can be cracked in five seconds. Compare that to six characters (500 seconds), seven characters (13 hours). But eight characters can take 57 days. Clearly the typical hacker is not going to spend this much time, unless they specifically targeted someone for whatever reasons.
7) Make Compounded Words – A smart way to develop an easy to remember password (if you’re sure you won’t remember special characters) is to combine three small words of significance to you. Then make it a single word. For example, you can use “mydogspot” or “jimswifejane.”
8) Use The First Letters Of A Sentence – Develop a password using the first letters of a sentence, slogan, or phrase that means something to you. For Example: “Don’t ever talk to strangers” would become “detts”. Then you can easily make variations of that for different sites like “Detts”, “dEtts”, “detts1”, etc.
9) Double The Password – Just write the password twice without using a space and you’ll be all done. Doubling the password will increase its strength, and it won’t be any harder to remember than the original password. All you have to remember is that you doubled it!
10) Consider using a Password Manager – Perhaps the single best options for creating secure passwords is to choose long 12 characters password and managed with a secure password manager. RoboForm is one example of a password manager. They typically include built-in strong and random password generators, thus eliminating the guesswork. Even better, many will synchronize your password lists across every PC, smartphone, or tablet that you own. However they are not free and typically cost a monthly, or annual, subscription. That clearly may be worth it when compared to the consequences. However the main purpose of this page was to provide some simple, and free, ideals you can use to make your passwords stronger.
Again it is extremely important to keep in mind that a strong password is simply your first basic line of defense. It is about much more than someone logging on to your computer, or laptop, without your permission. Yeah that will give them access to a lot of information you may not want them to know, like private pictures for instance. But just imagine if they got the username and password to your online banking account?
Identity theft statistics show over 15 million victims a year and over $50 billion in damages. That is just for 1 year! Victims of identity theft are citizens who have had bank accounts wiped out, credit histories ruined, and jobs and valuable possessions taken away. In some cases, they have even been arrested for crimes they did not commit. The financial toll exacted by identity theft can be crippling, and the emotional trauma can be as devastating as many of the most violent offenses. Far from being a victimless crime, identity theft has profound and often tragic consequences for those affected by it.
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