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Tips for Password Safety

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Password Safety Tips

Tips to Create a Strong Password

  • Longer the password, harder it takes to crack. So make sure your password is atleast 25 characters long.
  • Password should contain mix of uppercase, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • You can create memorable passphrase.

Tips to Create Memorable Passwords

  • Memorable passwords are just Passphrases.
  • Your passphrase should be atleast 8 words long.
  • Passphrase can be created from song or poem, quote from a movie or a speech, a sentence from a book, etc…
  • Example: “Wish you all round progress in life with responsibility and accountability”.
  • “Wish-you-all-round-progress-in-life-with-responsibility-and-accountability”.
  • Also add numbers and symbols with some logic.
  • You can create a password by taking the first letter from every word of the passphrase. Example: “Hello, how are you? I am fine thank you!” will become “H,hay?Iafty!”.

Tips for Password Safety

  • Always enter your password on HTTPS version of a site.
  • Make sure you never share your password with anyone.
  • Make sure no one watches you when you type the password.
  • Change your passwords at frequent intervals.
  • Block screenshots in apps.
  • Use incognito keyboard to disable personalized learning.
  • Avoid entering passwords on public computers like internet cafe, library, etc… to avoid key loggers.
  • Never ever reuse a password.
  • Avoid using personal information like name, age, place of birth, birth date, anniversary to make passwords non guessable.
  • Avoid only common dictionary words as passwords.
  • Avoid single words.
  • Avoid using admin or password as password.
  • Avoid common keyboard patters like 11111, 12345, qwerty, \][, abc123, iloveyou, etc…
  • Avoid using words spelled backwards.
  • Always use TOTP (Time based One Time Password) for 2-Factor Authentication.
  • Make sure Restricted Areas have atleast two layers of security.
  • A good example is HDFC Bank which has 6 layers of security which comprises a HTTPS site, a password with virtual keyboard, an image, captcha, and 2-factor authentication (email or mobile).
  • Avoid storing passwords in web browsers.
  • Use a password manager to store complex passwords.

Check Password Leaks

  • Visit Have I Been Pawned to check if your username, password, or email address has been leaked online. Also register to receive notifications as soon as it happens.

Password Generators

Online Password Managers

Offline Password Managers

Moral of the Story

For optimal security of your online accounts it is must to have complex passwords with minimum length of 25 characters with 2-factor authentication enabled.

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