How to create a strong password

In this article, you will learn how to create a strong password. By creating a stronger password you become less likely to be a victim of your password been cracked from a brute-force attack.

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Choosing a strong password #

Here are some tips on creating a strong password:

  • Create a password that is at least ten characters long. The longer your password is the harder it is to crack.
  • Make use of all the characters the website lets you use e.g lowercase, uppercase, numbers, and punctuation marks.
  • An example of an ideal password for a website could be “cBdA-Ag3Ncy.”
  • Misspell your password so it’s harder to crack.
  • Don’t use the same password again. If your account gets hacked and you use the same Email:Password the attacker will be able to log in to various websites as yourself.

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What not to do when choosing a strong password #

Here are some tips on what not to do when creating a strong password:

  • Using words in a dictionary increases the chances of your password been cracked as these are the first thing an attacker tries.
  • Using your username or real name.
  • Using anyone else’s name such as a family members
  • Using your pet’s names. Attackers can look at your social media profiles.
  • Using keyboard patterns such as qwerty or qwerty1234)
  • Using simple words and combinations such as dog,dog123,Ilovemydog

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Protecting your password #

Here are some tips on how to protect your strong password after it has been created:

  • DO NOT write your password down.
  • DO NOT tell anyone your password
  • Select security questions that only you will know. Questions like “What school did you attend” can be easily figured out by viewing your profiles
  • If you receive an email asking you to change your password when you haven’t requested too ignore the email – this is a common scam trick

 

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