Have you ever asked yourself, “how many attempts would someone need for guessing my password?”
In the spirit of better understanding digital security, we will give a guide to upgrade your account password habits.
– Have unique passwords for all your accounts and do not reuse: You should have a unique and dedicated password for each of your online accounts.
– “It’s complicated”, should always be your log in password for Facebook, not your relationship status.
– Your password is your own secret and it should be kept that way.
– Don’t trust password meters, many of them use fancy graphics and arbitrary rules that might look important but are actually making your password weaker.
– Avoid using personal information on your password, like name, birth date or country.
– Never use a word you can find in the dictionary straight out in a password.
– Use a phrase with random words as password, minimum of 6 words, the more words the better.
– Update your password every once in awhile, with random periods of time.
– If it helps remembering the password, write the password down in a piece of paper and save it anywhere safe, that way only you know what that piece of paper is.
– If paper is not for you, do not store your password in a plain text file on your computer, always encrypt your password files.
– If you still have hard times remembering all your passwords, use a password management software, but do some research on them before choosing one.
At the end of the day it’s important to remember that even complex passwords can be compromised, and you should never think you are completely secure just because your password is bigger than Ulysses. It takes brains and common sense to avoid phishing scams and other common techniques that can compromise your accounts passwords.