Is your password is safe?
Your social profile and Email contains every personal information about you. You must have a strong password to keep your personal life personal.
Now question is, How to create secure and easy to remember password?
Most people still underestimate the importance of having a secure password and still make mistake to use simple words, numbers as a password.
There are at least four critical issues that must be kept in mind when you must create the secure password of an account on the Internet, be it Facebook, email or even a forum where we talk about video games.
The first point is from the email or from the social profile of Facebook or from a Google account it is possible to really go back to a person’s online life.
The second is, if you always use, more or less, the same password even for secondary services account.
If one of these services was hacked and the list of users was widespread, for any hacker in the world could be it’s a breeze to enter our private online profile, including email.
We must also consider that using a personal name for a web account or program, the name of a city, the name of the child or the nephew with the dates of birth.
It become easy to discover for anyone who knows us and wants to spy on us, or even for boredom could try to access our Facebook or Gmail only knowing our main address and the name of our wife / children / nephew.
Finally, from the point of view of an average expert hacker, it is always easy to find access passwords that are made up of words from the English vocabulary or other languages.
Using a basic technique like “bruteForce”, using special programs, a hacker can try all the vocabulary words in a few minutes to try and discover the passoword, without using special combinations.
For these reasons, one of the basic rules of computer security is to create secure passwords, which are different for all accounts.
In addition to being safe, however, these passwords must remain easy to remember, so as not to risk forgetting and complicating life too much.
What makes a password safe?
- In short, the characteristics of a password that is impossible to discover are:
At least 8 characters.
- It must not contain information that is easy to find such as the date of birth, the telephone number, the spouse’s name, the name of the animal, the child’s name.
- It should not contain words found in the dictionary.
- It should contain special characters like @ # $% ^ &, including numbers.
- It should use an alternation of uppercase and lowercase letters.
How do we meet these features and create passwords that are easy to remember?
The solution is to generate a do-it-yourself encryption key, that is a method, that we only know, to go back to the right passwords with a quick and simple mental calculation.
There are many ways to adopt a password creation policy and, as we will see these 5 simple and practical examples that everyone can use, it is not necessary to get to the encryption of the Enigma code, but just a bit of inventiveness and imagination.
1) Think a phrase and use the initials of this
The first trick to creating secure and easy to remember passwords is to think a phrase and use the initials of this sentence.
For example, I could think “teknolgya the best website for tech information”, take the initials of each word and compose the password that becomes: tTbwfti, impossible to guess, but easy to remember if we have the phrase in mind.
At this point we could decide that the Google password is tTbwfti-G , that of Facebook tTbwfti-F and so on.
With this sentence we also have a capital letter, so you just need to add a number to be perfect and be able to distinguish sites that start with the same letter.
For example do not use the same password for Amazon and Apple accounts, we can make the password tTbwfti-A1 tTbwfti-A2, putting the numbers 1 and 2 according to the second letter of the word, with the m of Amazon that in alphabet precedes Apple’s p.
This methodology does not require even writing a sheet of notes to remember the password.
2) Use a book
The second trick is to use the word contained in a book as a password.Taking a book that we have at home and paper (a famous book so that if it were lost you can easily remedy it), open it on a page , for example the 101, find the first word of the third line (maybe a word that is longer than 5 characters) and use as a password the word found plus the number 101.
On the book itself or on a note sheet to mark that page 101 is Google (whose password will be word101, and then go on like this for all the other accounts, word102, word103 etc.
To make the password a little more secure, make the first or last letter of the uppercase word.
3) Remove the vowels from a sentence.
One way to create a strong password can be to put together 3 words and remove all the vowels.
For example, ” beware of the dog ” becomes bwrfthdg .
Here too we can add the capital letter of the site to which the account refers and a number, possibly marking them on a sheet of notes.
4) Use certain keys on the PC keyboard.
An original way to create a secure password is to choose three numbers and then write the letters below or according to a criterion that we only know.
For example, therefore, if the chosen number is 362, the password can become, 3edc6yhn2wsx .
edc are the keys under the number 3 on the Qwerty keyboard, yhn are the keys under the 6 and wsx are the keys under the 2.
The password is impossible to guess and very easy to remember, although there may be problems if you write it using a different keyboard like mobile phones.
5) The opposite of a word
A fairly safe way to create passwords can be to reverse the word and write it backwards.
In this way we could also use commonly used words or names of people, such as teknologya becomes aygolonket.
As usual it is important to add a number or symbol and use at least one capital letter.
Testing password security
Passwords can be tested on the Howsecureismypassword site, which tells us how long it can be discovered by a computer, programmed by a hacker to search for every possible combination.
The site considers secure a password of at least 8 characters, but preferably from 9 or even better than 10.
The Password Meter website can tell us if the passwords we are using meet all the security requirements.
The alternative to these methods is to use a password management app, which is a program that randomly generates and stores the passwords of each account, covering them behind a master password that becomes the only one we have to remember for all.
In comments tell us which method you find best and share the methods we can include in this list.