How to Choose a Strong Password

by on February 27th, 2009

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PCs Personal data, emails, online storage accounts are guarded by username and password. username are sometimes filled in when we access a website and in case of a computer user, there is always a user name before you logon to your computer. All you have to do it to guess the password to hack in to the system. There are some booters, brute force attacks, dictionary attacks and hacks which can easily guess common words used in passwords to penetrate into the system. To secure yourself you have just one choice. Choose as much strong password as you can.

Strong password should be difficult to detect by both humans and computer programs, effectively protecting data from unauthorized access. A strong password should consist of at least six characters and combination of both uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols (@ # $ % ` ~ ! ^ & * ( ) _ + – = { } | [ ] \ : ” ; ‘ < > ? , . /) if allowed.

Tips on how to choose a strong password and make it safe
  • Don’t use any part of your username, full name, birth date, spouse names, favorite thing or any other personal info e.g. ‘what you like’! in passwords.
  • Choose long password. Longer the password, the better.
  • Don’t use old passwords or same for all applications you use.
  • If you suspect that someone else knows your password, change it immediately.
  • Use substitute word and numbers for letters. For example, DEVIL could become D3VIL, COFFEE could become C0FF33 and NARNIA could become [email protected]@.
  • Do not use a plain word at all.
  • Make a habit to change password regularly.
  • Do not use repeated characters such as aa, nnn etc.
  • Do not use alphabetic sequences, such as abc or xyz.
  • Password should contain uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numbers.
  • If it is easy for you, use ASCII characters (which you can access by holding down Alt and typing on the number pad).
  • Do not use numeric sequences, such as 123 or 321.
  • Do not use a common dictionary word.
  • Never disclose your passwords to anyone else ever.
  • Don’t enter your password when others can see what you are typing.
  • Don’t write passwords down anywhere.
  • Don’t send your password by email.
  • Use any encryption utility to store your passwords if needed.
  • Get creative with mixing numbers, symbols, and uppercase letters in your own way.
  • Every popular website, which requires sign-up gives a password strength utility which tells you about your password strength while filling the form. Follow its direction.
  • Create a unique acronym.
  • Include phonetic replacements, such as ‘Luv2chat’ for ‘Love to Chat’.
  • Do not use any password generator tool. Just get help or idea and be creative in your own way.

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