How to Choose a Strong and Secure PASSWORD

People always want to choose a good strong and secure password which will be easy to remember but hard to crack. And to make their password strong and secure people use many random password generator, password manager or other password checker tools available on the internet. But the truth is that none of these methods actually work to make your password strong and secure enough to protect your digital information.

Password generators are automated tools that generate passwords using a combination of letters, numbers, special characters or other symbols. These password generators are created by someone/company whom you don't know or even you might know him on the internet, but the fact is they just set some rules, following which the passwords are generating.

Remember the hackers are smart enough to keep their eye on these tools to check how(what algorithm/process) it is generating a password for users. Just imagine, if the same/reverse process those bad hackers apply to a password cracking tool, then it becomes easy to reveal your auto-generated passwords.

And there are many password cracking tools and techniques available in the market today. Some of the popular tools are like; John the Ripper, Hashcat, Ophcrack, RainbowCrack and etc. These tools follow some complex techniques (brute-force attack, dictionary attack) that can easily crack a weak or auto-generated password.

So, it is always a best practice to choose your password manually. And for this, you just need to follow some simple rules.

But before you make any silly mistakes with you password let me guide you step by step to create a strong and secure password.

At first we need to know, What actually password is? Also about its importance, and, why or where to use passwords?

In simple word, a password is "secret of your secrets". Whatever secrets you stored in your digital world; should be protected with a lock, and that lock is the "password". And the key to that lock should be only available to you, that means to the legitimate user.

But Why we use passwords?

We use a password to protect our valuable files, online accounts, emails, bank accounts, personal information, financial information and other applications. We use a password so that the information that is very much important or private should not get leaked.

So, in short, passwords are used to secure digital information from unauthorized access.

Rules for Creating a Strong and Secure Password

I will recommend you to choose your password manually by following certain rules. And by following these rules you could make your password strong and secure enough so that it gets hard to be crack by a human or by automated tools.

choose a strong and secure password Rule No. 1 : Using at least 8 or 12 characters in your password

Try to use at least 8 to 12 characters in your password.

In recent days most of the companies on the internet recommend their user to use at least 8 characters in their password. It is a good practice. But remember as long your password is, the harder it will become to crack. Because if you made your password complex and long then it becomes hard and time-consuming for hackers and password cracking tools to reveal it.

Rule No. 2 : Use both upper case and lower case characters

Using a mixture of upper case and lower case characters will make your password case sensitive. So it becomes hard for a human/system to guess or find out the password appropriately.

Rule No. 3 : Use numbers and special characters in password

Using numbers and special characters will give you an added security to your password. You can use various special characters like; @ # $ & * and etc. to make your password strong.

Rule No. 4 : Never write down your password anywhere

Writing down your password is very much similar to disclosing it unknowingly. It is not a good practice to write your password on anything.

Rule No. 5 : Never use easily guessable characters in password

Try to avoid using easily guessable characters, words or keyboard patterns in your password. Your password should be unique and hard to guess.

Most people are seen using names or any dictionary words in the password which is not a good practice. Remember, advanced password cracking tools available on the internet uses random dictionary words and common phrases to crack passwords.

Rule No. 6 : Never use same password for multiple platforms

Always use different passwords for different accounts of your digital world. Especially use a unique password for platforms that contains all your personal and important  information like; email, bank accounts, digital lockers and financial information related accounts.

Why you should use a different password for each application?

Remember the platforms and applications we are using in our daily life are very much related to each other. Like; it is common that if a person is using social media, he should have an email account, that is used to register on social media sites. So, a hacker who might get access to your mail password will have the authority to control all your accounts.

For example; Suppose you are using the same password for your email and bank account. And your  email is associated with your bank account. So if  a hacker able to reveal your bank account password then the hacker might get control over your email account also. And by using your email the hacker could easily get access to sensitive information like; OTP(One Time Password) generated by your bank to make a transaction.

The more stronger your Password is, the more secure you are in the Digital World.

Also See: How to avoid Credit and Debit Card Fraud

How to Choose a Strong and Secure PASSWORD How to Choose a Strong and Secure PASSWORD Reviewed by Sukanta Das on April 06, 2018 Rating: 5

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