Password! What makes a strong password? Is it the capital letter, symbols, numbers, or just an exclamation mark that make a password tough to decode? Having strong passwords is an arduous task for anyone who wants to protect their accounts from attacks. These tricky and not-so-simple passwords help build defense to data breach threats.

Who wouldn’t try to have a password that cannot be unraveled, right? But before knowing how to create a strong password, it is rather important to know first know how a password is hacked!

How a password comes at stake?

Technology has gone from obscurity to ubiquity; and same is true for social engineering when it comes to hacking and decoding a password. There are several techniques that create pathway for invading personal information and the whole account.

Brute Force Attack

A password does contain uppercase, lowercase, symbols, and numbers; but what if it is still unsafe and easily crack-able. Would you like that happening to your accounts? The attacker is so sharp that a systematic check on all kinds of possible passwords will lead him to guessing the right one. Cryptography has come a long way now, and so a machine making possible combinations to detect the correct one is not difficult anymore. All you need to is- create a password long enough as any password of length 9-12 characters can come under brute force attack.

Dictionary Attack

As the name suggests, a dictionary attack is about rearranging the letters to form words just like you see in a dictionary. So if you have only a word in your password then it is quite easy to decode it. However, if you choose to add more words such as LionIsOnPluto, then it can escape the dictionary attack. Next time, you got to use multiple words in your password if you feel that is easy to remember.

Phishing

Tricking the unaware is all needed here! One trick, one intimidated call, or little bit of pressure on the user can do everything to gain access to his/her accounts. Phishing is a method that follows fraudulent ways to obtain confidential information from the account.

It is an email or text that simply intimidates you by falsely stating that your credit card information is wrong and there is a need for change of password. This information comes with a link and the moment you click on it, you are redirected to a disguised website. Someone on the other end has been waiting for you and actually for the password that you would need to enter there. As you type it, “boooom”! Hacked! So beware if any call, text, or email appears on your cellular device regarding the credit card account and further details.

Way to Go now- Creating Strong Passwords!

Point A learnt that a password can be hacked.

Point B learnt that there are tricks to create a strong one; let’s see how!

No more passwords for brute force attacks

  • Why not have a longer password than before (if you have been doing it wrong till now). Choose the one that is beyond 15 characters and no less.
  • Why not mix up all characters, lowercase, symbols, uppercase, and numbers to stay away from brute force attacks.
  • Why use common letter substitutions like “password” as “p@$$w0rd. Here a,s, and o have been replaced with @, $, and 0; but it is now easy to decipher the word that is encrypted.
  • Why use sequential letters from the keypad like “qwerty” or “asdfg” that is right in front of your eyes. Likewise, it is going to be in front of the hacker too, and your leetspeak password is no longer safe.

No more silly passwords

Have you always been using name, date of birth, anniversary date, or lover’s name in the password? If that is the case then it is high time to say Good-bye to such passwords which are not really the “passwords”. Have you also been playing around sequential numbers, alphabets, or the word “password” itself? Such things are quite obvious and if the hacker knows you or your details (not-so-personal anymore) then your password is at high risk.

  • 111111
  • 123123
  • 000000
  • abc123
  • 1234567890
  • iloveyou

No more passwords for dictionary attacks

Permutations and Combinations fail when you choose multiple words for your password. Mathematics is involved while decrypting the password, and keep in mind that ‘the longer, the safer’ is true for having a hard-to-break password. 

Best Methods of Keeping Passwords

One must know the tricks of creating a strong password that no one can decode by using any of the attack systems. Will such passwords be hard to remember? NO! Will they be difficult to create? No! We are here to help. Let’s see some of the best methods of creating a strong pass-code for your accounts and keep everything safe and secure.

Method 1: Revised Passphrase

Yes, it is same as choosing multiple words for keeping a strong password but there is a trick. You got to think of a few words: basically names of your people, historical places, proper nouns, animal names, and street names. Need help with an example? Here we go

JohnEiffelDogInternational

Now think of these words in French language, and keep “Chien” for Dog; and the passphrase now is:

JohnEiffelChienInternational

Maybe a hacker can get close to John, but the game to know the following words is getting to the next level. Although the sentence in whole does not make any literal sense, but it should be close enough to build an image in your mind for remembering it. You can even add numbers in such a kind of password however try not to use symbols or leetspeak substitutions.

Method 2: Sentence

Have you heard of "Bruce Schneier Method" before? If not, let’s read it here! In this case, you can think of a sentence but to make it a strong password you need to follow the rules. You can think of a sentence that is both personal and memorable to you. Now all you need to do is abbreviate the whole sentence by choosing first two letters of every word, and then combine it to make a strong password. Seems difficult? Let’s see it with the help of an example.

DogsAreBeautifulCreatures is the sentence.

DoARBeCR is the password.

An amazing trick, right?

Method 3: Muscle Memory

Now there are some passwords or a better way of saying that is: no-sense-making-words that are pretty easy for fingers to learn instead of the brainy cells to cram it. Yes, it is a tricky game as everyone is not so comfortable with the keys on the keypad and even if the password makes sense, then it is hard to remember too. But for those who can go well with it, must first generate a password; and then can try ten times by typing it out for their finger muscles to remember it.

High-Security Tips to Stay Protected Digitally

  • There are ways of checking if your password has leaked earlier, and if so then you must change the password by going to settings in your account.
  • Do assess a site if it looks new to you and asks for your password without encryption technique. A website that has https in their URL is secure enough to share a password with.
  • Two-factor Authentication is a method in which the user is given access only after he passes the evidence test. In this, he gets a code on his cellular device or via email which acts as a security layer to escape hacking.
  • While using public Wi-Fi you must use VPN so that no one can trace your username and password.
  • There is nobody to trust in this era, so all your passwords must be with you only and not even in your personal diary (Who said they are safe and private anymore!). You should not share your passwords with friends via email or text.
  • It will be good if you choose from among the difficult-to-remember Security Questions that appear while creating a new account on any website. Your answers will now be not-so-easy to guess.
  • It is truly important now to have a long password that can even take a mix-up of special characters, numbers, symbols, and uppercase; and then making a total of at least 15 characters.
  • Data breaches are quite common these days, so take out time to keep your near and dear ones updated too. It is important for everyone around you to know how to create a strong password before you lose the privacy to someone unknown, sitting quite far from you.

These amazing tricks will help you safeguard digital information, personal data, and vulnerable figures of statistics that you’re afraid of losing due to hacking. Such methods are easy to follow and once completed, there is no looking back in this technical world.

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