HOW TO SET STRONG PASSWORDS AND PROTECT THEM? A to Z TIPS!
Passwords are in fact Passports to use all the essential services through internet.
Now a days, there is not even a single person who do not have secrets with him. Because, everyone has many secret passwords in his mind.
One needs to have many passwords for banking transactions, paypal, emails, social media, forums, etc.
Here are some great tips to keep your passwords safe:
(1) DON’T USE SAME PASSWORDS FOR ALL ACCOUNTS:
As per a survey, about 75% of the persons use same passwords for emails and social media. This is very risky one. In case, the password of any one account is hacked, the hackers try the same passwords in many other accounts also. Therefore, the first rule is that you should use unique passwords for every account.
(2) YOUR PASSWORD SHOULD NOT BE IN THE DICTIONARY:
This is very important. Your password should not be an understandable word. It should not be found in any dictionary, ie, a meaningless collection of letters.
Eg: Do not use popular names like milk, jesus, Krishna, allah, love, etc. It should not even be the toughest word in the dictionary that has a meaning.
(3) DO NOT USE LETTERS OR NUMBERS IN SEQUENCE:
Many have passwords like 1234 (or) abcd (or) pqrs (or) 4321 (or) srpq. These passwords are highly vulnerable and the hackers can hack them within a few minutes.
(4) USE ATLEAST 8 LETTERS:
This is also very important. Many use just 4-5 letters. Some websites do not make it compulsory to have atleast 8 letters. Such website accounts are very vulnerable. Therefore, whether the website has made it compulsory or not, you make the password strong.
(5) USE REVERSE TECHNIQUE:
If you like to use your favourite words, use it in reverse along with numbers and symbols. For example, if you like to keep “delhiboy” as your password, make it as “yobihled”. It will become unimaginable.
(6) DO NOT USE POPULAR DATES or NAMES AS PASSWORDS:
Many use their birth date, wedding date, child’s name, spouse name, parent name, city name, God’s name, pet dog’s name, etc as their passwords. Remember, you have the risk of getting hacked.
There are a group of people who use the word PASSWORD itself as their password. They will be the first persons to be hacked by the cyber techies.
(7) USE A MIXED SET OF CHARACTERS FOR ENHANCED SAFETY:
Your password must have alphabets, atleast one symbol/ special character and one number. Out of the alphabets used, atleast one or two letters should be UPPERCASE, ie CAPITAL LETTERS.
You can use the mix of letters, numbers, special characters, etc alternatively like this:
If you like to keep a city name in your password, use like this:
(A) Use the name WASHINGTON in reverse as Notgnihsaw keeping a letter as uppercase.
(B) Then, add your birth date or other dates (say, 4.6.2001) in between the letters like this: N4o6t2g0n0i1hsaw
(C) Then, you may add a special character like this in the available place: N4o6t2g0n0i1hsa@w.
Now, it has become a strong password that can be easily remembered. You will first type popular city name in reverse keeping the first letter as upper case. Then, a favourite date as a sequence from the beginning. And a special character before the last letter.
(8) USE PREVIOUS OR NEXT LETTERS FOR EACH LETTER OF KNOWN WORDS:
For example, Let your grandma name is sridevi.
You can type the previous or next letter for every word.
Eg: rqhcduh (or) tsjefwj. Then, you can add uppercases, numbers and special characters in the middle as explained in the point-7.
You can also replace the previous letter for the first four letters and next letter for the last three letters.
Thus, you have set a strong password that can’t be guessed.
(9) REMEMBERING TECHNIQUE, IF YOU USE RANDOM LETTERS:
This is a traditional method to remember random letters.
We have been taught in schools that the seven colours in a spectrum is: Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red.
The teachers taught us to remember these seven colours as VIBGYOR that is easy to pronounce and remember.
You can use the similar technique to remember random passwords.
Say, you like to have gupotsirrts as your password with random letters.
You can remember this password like this:
“Great urenus planet of the sun is revolving round the sun”. Then, you can add one or two uppercases, numbers and special characters in the middle as explained in the point-7.
If you like to have mmcsajftb as your password, you can remember that like this:
My mom cooked sandwitch and jam for today’s breakfast. Then, you can add one or two uppercases, numbers and special characters in the middle as explained in the point-7.
Instead of preparing the password first and then develop the sentence, you can first select a long sentence of your favourite and then collect the first letters of that sentence to create a password.
(10) SECURITY TIPS FOR YOUR PASSWORDS:
(1) Never write down your passwords in any notebook, system, mobile, paper, etc.
(2) Never tell your password even to your brothers, friends, parents, children or even spouse.
(3) Companies or Insurance companies or banks or Govt departments HAS NO RIGHT or PERMISSION to ask for your password either directly or over phone or through mail. Therefore, never disclose your password to anyone. This will finish your account definitely and you will definitely lose all your money if it is a bank or credit or debit card password.
(4) Passwords are your PRIVATE PROPERTIES. Keep them within yourself.
(5) Do not become members of too many accounts unnecessarily by logging in. Log in only in trusted sites and only if you will need that service. Follow other sites as guests without signing up.
(6) Change your passwords to another distinct password atleast once in six months.
(7) Do not use unreliable apps that asks the passwords of any other account.
(8) Some sites may ask you your email id and password. Here “password” means a new password for that site, NOT THE PASSWORD OF YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT. Some persons enter the password of their email since it is asked next to the email id in those sites. Eventhough any account asks the password of your email id, never give them and stop using those accounts. No site or person has any right to ask for the passwords of other accounts.
(9) Again I remember, keep the passwords of every site as distinct. Never have same or similar password in all the sites. This will be risky.
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