May 30, 2019
Staying safe online
Passwords form one of the most basic aspect of security. Whether its online banking or accessing your Facebook account, they are the digital keys to our online identities and businesses. Email accounts are the most important, since if a malicious actor gains access to your email then they can use the forgot password link to reset the passwords for all other accounts. So, how do you generate secure passwords?
Avoid dictionary words
These are by far the easiest to crack. Any language has a finite set of words, therefore a brute force attack can be used to determine the correct password within a predictable period of time. With modern computing power, this can take a relatively short time.
Avoid using names of people, places or identification documents
These are easy to guess, especially by friends and people who are generally close to you.
Never reuse a password
We are extremely good at creating strong passwords, but terribly poor when it comes to remembering them. This is where password managers come in handy, as they take away the hassle of having to remember passwords. Lastpass, Zoho Vault, Dashlane are few in a pool of many password managers. Most of them offer a free tier, but with limited functionalities. In addition to this, most antivirus software also offer a built-in password manager.
Always use a password manager
So that you only have to remember one password. Most password managers store passwords in an encrypted form, so even if your phone or laptop is infected with malware, your passwords remain safe
Combine uppercase, lowercase numbers and symbols when creating a password
This ensures that your passwords have a high degree of randomness and are therefore harder to crack. Having a long password of random alphanumeric characters will ensure that most of your online activities remain within your control.