Do you have a secure password? 5 ways to find it out!
According to a report from Risk Based Security, last year was one of the worst ever regarding cyber security. 4.2 billion of personal data, such as usernames, passwords, and emails, were compromised. 55% of the affected were business, including health institutions and government entities.
Sadly, a lot of hacking is not even necessary to access peoples data. Weak passwords, such as “123456,” “qwerty,” or even “password” make the job easy. Do you have a secure password? How can you tell?
Well, there is this a site to measure the strength of your passwords. But, we can also share some pieces of advice to help you create stronger passwords to protect your privacy.
The 5 step anatomy of a secure password
The first thing you must avoid is a sequence of numbers or letters. Previous examples (“123456” and “qwerty”) are the most common. Even if you put an asterisk or a dot at the end, they are just too easy to figure out. You should also avoid obvious things, such as your favorite sports team, your date of birth or any one word in the dictionary.
Using these 5 pieces of advice instead, you will have a strong password:
- Start with a specific phrase to create your strong password. For example, if you like music, you can use this phrase: “I love jazz music.”
- Add uppercase letters to strengthen the phrase. Using the previous example, it would be: “iLoveJazzMusic.”
- Add some punctuation or exclamation marks. Your new password should look like this: “i.Love.Jazz.Music!”.
- Add some spaces to make the password more complex: “i.Love. Jazz.Music!”
- Replace some letters with numbers or symbols. Usually, you can use numbers instead of vowels, or @ instead of the letter “a,” etc. So, a fairly secure password would be: “i.L0v3 J@zz.Mus1c!”, Which, according to our recommended app, would take 380 quadrillion years to a bot for guess it. A bit different from “qwerty,” huh?
Final advice: don’t use the same password for all of your accounts! The best way to manage passwords is using a password manager such as 1Password, Dashlane or Keeper. This way you don’t need to try to remember.
We hope this can help you improve security in your systems. Stay connected to our blog and don’t miss any of our updates.