We’ve brushed up on the importance of password management in the past, but today, we’re taking a deeper dive. A robust, unique password is more than just a key to your digital world—it’s a fortified barrier. The consequence of having a weak password can leave you vulnerable to breaches, so let’s arm you with some valuable insights on crafting passwords that are both secure and memorable.
- Go Long, Mix it Up: Think big when it comes to passwords. A password containing 12 or more characters that incorporate a blend of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols is formidable. Remember, a mix of characters equals a mix-up for hackers.
- Avoid Personal Info: It might seem convenient to use your pet’s name or birthdate, but if it’s easy for you, it’s easy for hackers too, especially if this info is public on your social profiles.
- No Dictionary Words: Common words, phrases, or patterns are a no-go. Hackers can systematically try dictionary words as potential passwords in what’s known as a dictionary attack.
- Embrace Passphrases: Have you considered a passphrase? A random string of words can be easier to remember and just as strong. For instance, “SunsetBikeRideInJuly@7” is more secure and memorable than “SBRJ@7”.
- Creating a Strong Passphrase: Pick four random, but memorable words. For instance, think of a favourite movie scene, an unforgettable holiday, or a memorable song. From our previous example, “SunsetBikeRideInJuly” might relate to a beautiful bike ride you took one July evening. Add a special character and number to boost the strength. Voila! You have a strong, unique, and memorable passphrase.
- Double Up with Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Add an extra layer of security with Two-Factor Authentication. Even if a hacker cracks your password, they still need a second piece of information, like a code sent to your phone, to get in.
- Unique Passwords for Each Account: Avoid password duplication across different accounts. If one account is breached, others sharing the same password are instantly at risk.
- Consider a Password Manager: Keeping track of multiple, complex passwords can be tough. Password managers securely store and auto-fill your passwords, so all you need to remember is one master password.
- Update Regularly: Don’t let your passwords gather dust—regularly changing them adds an extra layer of security. Don’t wait for a breach to update your passwords.
Your password is your personal digital guard, your first line of defence. By using these tips, you’re well-equipped to create strong, unique, and memorable passwords. If you have any further questions or need more guidance on password management, feel free to reach out to our privacy care team. We’re here to help keep your digital world secure.
All the best,
Incognito Privacy Care Team