In cybersecurity, one of the good habits to acquire is the ability of creating unique and strong passwords. Indeed, your enemy isn’t a lonely hacker in the darkness of his bedroom trying a password one by one. Your enemy is a program able to assimilate enormous databases of common passwords or random combinations of characters.
So why do you need a strong password ? Mainly to avoid breaks-in that could lead to the loss of your personal data and sensitive information. Once someones breaks your password, the quantity of information available can be significant with major consequences in your private life.
In order to avoid such an inconvenience, I offer you these guidelines on how to build a safe and strong password to prevent attacks.
The traditional way
- A minimum of 12 characters : Your password has to be loooooooooooooong in order to be safe. 12 characters is the minimum required.
- Use symbols, numbers, capital-letters and lower-case letters.
- Do not use simple words or a combination of simple words. “mouse” as a password isn’t safe at all and “mousecat” either.
- Do not put personal information inside your passwords. It is really easy to know your mother name or your date of birth with all the information available on the Internet. Avoiding personal details is always better.
Here’s a trick just for you:
Think about an easy sentence to remember, for example “ Working at Knogin is an incredible mix of fun and challenges ! Even the coffee tastes better !”. And now change it to “WaKiaimofac!Etctb!”
This is a safe and strong password (and yes I love my job at Knogin).
Now just make up a unique phrase like that for all the places you need a unique password.
The Golden key : A password manager
If all the advice above seems too complicated or hard to remember, you can always use an easier solution by using a password manager.
A password manager is an easy tool that will generate sophisticated and unique passwords each time you need to create a new account or register somewhere. The most common and easy to use is Dashlane, their app is easy to use for any kind of platforms and it’s free if you only need the basic features.
You only have to create one strong and unbreakable password to access to Dashlane and it will generate all the others for you.
You can also use LastPass, they have a free version that has almost has many features as the paid version and you can synchronizes all your devices.
LastPass will generate automatically very strong and unique password every time you will need a unique password.
So, ready to change your habits and make your computer less vulnerable ? I hope so :)
Now, if you want to know more about how to increase your cybersecurity through very easy actions, you should read about the risk of keeping a ‘default’ user name and password in your devices.