Keeping passwords safe.2 min read
A password is a secret combination of characters that make up a word used to protect data. A password can only be changed by an authorized user (Blurt, 2011). When trying to create a password, most people use events or things that would help them remember like their birthday, first name, last name or a favourite thing (Jschnier, 2010). All these things can be easily gotten by those who have the intention to go past that by hacking into a computer or a system. Below are some ways that passwords can be created in turn, keeping the passwords safe.
- Do not use personal details like first names, last names, birthdays to create passwords (Jschnier, 2010). These type of information can be retrieved easily by hackers. It better if such personal details are combined with something you can remember.
- The longer the password you create the better. The password should also have a variety of characters like @, &, £ and so on (Microsoft, 2011). This gives a longer time before such a password can be hacked.
- Also a combination of letters and numbers can be used to make the password more complex (Jschnier, 2010). The letters could be a mix of lowercase and uppercase.
- At all cost, avoid writing down your password where someone could see, memorize and use later (Jschneier, 2010). Just like the pin to Debit Card the password is meant for your eyes only.
- When the password has been created, use a password checker to see how strong the password is. There are several secure password checkers available on the web (Microsoft, 2011).
- Keeping a password longer than three months is not really recommended (Jschneier, 2010). Just like a toothbrush, it almost loses its functionality after the three months.
- Most importantly, do not use the same password on all the web pages you require a password for. The different passwords might have similar characters but let all the passwords be different to prevent hacking of all that relates to you (Barone, 2011).
Security is very essential when working on the internet as hackers and phishers are abundant on the internet just as thieves are many in the world we live in (Barone, 2010). Therefore it becomes each person’s responsibility to ensure safety as it concerns details like keeping passwords safe just like keeping the keys to our houses somewhere safe too.
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- Microsoft (2011). Safety & Security Center: Online Privacy & Safety – Create Strong Passwords. Retrieved 6 December, 2011 from http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/passwords-create.aspx