How-to Create Better, Stronger Passwords
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What would you do if you suddenly couldn’t access your account?
What if someone stole your password?
What if they got into your email and gained access to just about everything else?
I wanted to talk about password security with this post rather than the normal focus on affiliate marketing because what’s the point of building your business if it can come crashing down because your passwords are too easy?
What You Need to Know
A large majority of people generally use simple passwords across multiple profiles. This means that if someone were to gain access to your password they could then easily access these profiles without going through the trouble all over again.
Many people also do not change their passwords often enough and when they do they might add an extra number to the end or change around a character to a symbol. This isn’t helping.
One of the many problems with passwords is that not many want to memorize them if they need to be changed frequently. This leads people to writing them down or relying on passwords which use something easily guessed such as the name of their dog.
Creating a Strong Password
Know this: there is no such thing as an “uncrackable” password.
With programs, guessing, and social engineering someone can and will gain access to your passwords if they try hard enough.
The trick, though, is to make your passwords strong enough that it’s not worth their time.
Strong passwords rely on two factors:
Longer, complex passwords are difficult to guess and crack – as you could imagine.
Complexity, for example, would turn the password “MyPassword” into “mY|p45s0rd”.
However, replaced elements of the passwords (such as a letter to a number) is commonplace. Individuals and cracking programs know these common changes. It may work for a general password but if you wish to make it strong you need to add length.
Length is often ruled as being far more valuable than complexity.
If you wish to create a strong password consider the following:
- Use a root word or phrase (so your password is 12 characters or more)
- Add a few complex characters but ones you’re still able to remember
You could turn the phrase “I Love My Cat and Dog” into “1lOv3my*.*and(o.o)”.
It may seem a bit much but it’s something you could memorize in a short amount of time because it’s unique and it’s a phrase. You gain the benefit of complexity and length thus making for a better, stronger password.
A Word on Security Questions
What good is a strong password when the security questions give away your info?
You’ll typically see the same set of security questions (such as “What was the name of your High School”). A good amount of this information can be obtained through very easy means such as just by looking at your Facebook profile or doing a Google search on your name.
Don’t allow these questions become the break in your security.
If it allows you to write your own security questions then take advantage of it. If it’s a set of predefined questions then falsify the info or create a secondary password for the answer.
One Extra Item
If you are having some trouble understanding these concepts then take a look at the following infographic which will provide you with ample information about security and passwords.