Nowadays when every work is done online it is highly important that you do everything you can to protect you data because your information may be misused and maybe used against you.Even giants like facebook are hacked.It is best to use softwares which provide greater security.But you should do something for yourself that is by choosing a strong and good password.
A good password should not only be difficult to crack but also easy to be remembered.If you are not able to remember the password there will be no use of keeping a strong password.
Steps to create a strong password :-
1)Don’t use common words-Many people use common and simple words.Try not to use same user name and password.Simple dictionary attack is enough to hack your password.In this way a dictionary is used by a software to run through all the words in dictionary which is the easiest way to hack as most people use simple passwords.Try to use phrases as they will be difficult to break.Add some characters to it and it will be more secure.
2)Don’t use personal details-If someone is trying to gain access to your personal account details like your phone number,family,employment details,important people and dates will be first to be tried.Refrain from using these information.Use something which will have some meaning and can be remembered by you and that which would not be easy for others to guess.
3)Use minimum 8 characters-Longer the password,better the password.Nowadays computer can easily calculate number of combination.Increasing a single character increases your strength by atleast 10 times. Nowadays most sites require you to have six characters and some sites even more.If you can go for longer password you should.
4)Don’t use identical passwords-Many people use same password for different sites.If one account is hacked you have the risk of other accounts being hacked as well.Change some part of phrase or use a key for the site you are using.
5)Make password alphanumeric-Many people use only numbers or alphabets which are easy to crack.Try to use some string .Some easy ways are to replace ‘a’ with ‘@’,'s’ with ‘$’,'i’ with ‘!’.
6)Change passwords-Try to change the password every few months.It might be a tedious work to some of you.So you can try to change to change some of the characters.
Creating a strong password is your first line of defense against hackers.If you are using public terminals ensure there is a proper firewall and a good antivirus. Make sure the network is secure.After you finish browsing clear history and cache.Try to spend secure time online.