With more websites requiring logins and the popularity of online shopping, it is very important users create secure passwords. I’ve seen people use simple words and numbers for passwords and the same one for every site they visit. It can be a daunting task to remember so many passwords, but it’s important you take it seriously and work out a system to protect your passwords.
An ideal password will have a combination of uppercase, lowercase, characters, numbers, and length. This makes it harder to break the combination. The complaint I hear often is that it is too hard to remember and keep track. But if you don’t keep a secure password, you can be vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Here are some tricks to keep you secure online:
1. Don’t use real or self-identifying words. Even if the word is random to you, it can easily be scrambled if you find it in the dictionary. Try putting two words together instead. For example: Apple + Illinois = Apinois.
2. Try substituting letters and characters for words. For example: r0cketm@n.
3. Switch numbers and letters around. For example: 13B56j27zz.
4. Add length to your password. You can combine a phrase and switch it around or numbers and letters around a word with special characters.
5. Combine all the rules for a long, arbitrary, and mixed password.
6. Keep different passwords for different sites. Especially ones that hold personal information such as credit cards and adderess.
7. If you’re going to write your password down, write it in code to give you clues. You can also assign symbols to each website so that it isn’t clear where the password belongs.
8. There are password services available such as LastPass and KeePass. These can help keep your passwords encrypted and all in one place. That way you’ll only need to remember one password to access the rest.
The internet opens us to new experiences, knowledge, and opportunities, but it can be a vulnerable place so take precautions with passwords and sensitive information.