We all know that weak passwords can be broken easily. To achieve a combination that leaves your data safely protected, it is important to spend some time developing a keyword that is difficult to be broken. The challenge is practicality x security. Complex passwords in general offer greater security, but are more difficult to be remembered; have simple passwords are exactly the opposite.
Experts say we should not use the same password on more than one service. This is a fact: if the hacker break into your Facebook, also have access to your e-mail, Twitter or any other records you have.
Here are some rules that will help when creating a complex password, but easy to memorize and other tips:
- Avoid words found in dictionaries or simple sequences such as “123456”;
- Use a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols;
- Take a long phrase that means something to you like, “I like reading and cooking” and turns into a password with substitutions of numbers and symbols like: “!L1KerE@d1ngaNd&c)ok!nG“;
- If you can add spaces between words, is even better. Example: “! L1Ke rE@d1ng aNd& c)ok!nG“;
- A good example is the password “My 1st passphrase”, alternating uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols and also includes spaces, complicates the life of the hacker, even being an easy password to be memorized;
- Instead of creating a complex password, create a password that is longer (with 14 characters or more). Long sentence is more efficient than a short password, preferably with random characters;
- Use a password manager – Who likes to complicate can find a safe way to store your passwords, since it is very unlikely to remember something like “K4I58m3uvUvYWSFGmr6Bmc“. Password managers are excellent, but also require a master password;
- So keep a written copy of your password on a sheet of paper, in a well secure location. The same goes for if you prefer to keep all your passwords written;
- Change your passwords regularly;
- Use different passwords for banks, emails and other sites;
- Do not use dates or facts that may be found online;
- Do not send your passwords by post, email or using other ways;
- Whenever possible, type the passwords on your own specific devices and avoid to type the passwords on public computers.
Is your password strong?
According to sites specialized in testing passwords, the following combinations are very strong. “! L1Ke rE@d1ng aNd& c)ok!nG” Take 260 sextillion years to be broken.
Remember that the said passwords should not be used because they have already been made public. In addition, the tips mentioned are common for web users.