Passwords are the key to our online identity. If an attacker knows your password then he can easily impersonate yourself on the Internet. Everybody would see only you, who is commenting on bad things and doing nasty stuff but actually, it would be an attacker. So it is very important these days to create a secure password.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can easily create secure passwords and also remember it.
How To Create Secure Passwords And Manage Them Easily
These days we all have lots of online accounts. An account on facebook, twitter, bank website, PayPal etc. So it is very hard to keep track of passwords across all these platforms.
Now, what a normal person would do is to use the same password across all these websites.
This, my friend, is a very bad practice and could lead you in a very troublesome situation.
Take for an example if an attacker gets to know one of your passwords then he then owns all your online identity. That is why you should different passwords on different websites.
So make sure to set different passwords on all of your online accounts. I know having different passwords and remembering them could be stressful but I’m here to solve this problem.
But first all let’s discuss
Why Do We Need Passwords
Some websites require a user account to access them. Websites like facebook, twitter, Pinterest will ask you to create an account in order to access all the functionalities.
When you visit these kinds of websites for the first will need to create an account to look inside.
You will need to fill your username and your password when creating your account. The password will be used to give you access to your account at a later date. So it is incredibly important to choose a wise password and remember it.
So that sums it up that passwords are simply there to authenticate yourself on websites.
How To Create A Secure Password
Watch the awesome video below to know how to create a secure password:
To summarize, if you want to create a secure password then keep note of the following points.
#1. A password must be hard to guess
Don’t use passwords such as your nickname, birthdays, pet name, quotations, favorite color, house number and anything of that sort. If a person knows enough about you then your online accounts can be easily compromised. So it is never a good idea to use obvious passwords as your account login.
#2. Long and complex passwords are more secure
You may have seen some websites that don’t allow passwords less than 8 words. This is because long passwords are better and relatively harder to crack.
Even some websites force you to add a symbol or a word in your password to create an account. This is all done to make your password as complex as possible and harder to crack.
You can take your favorite phrase and convert into a very secure password. Take for an example this sentence– I like to visit hackingpress.com
You can then convert it into this password– 1 L! t0 V HP [email protected]
So the password is [email protected]
I entered this password into Kaspersky’s password checker and this is the result that I got.
Now, it totally depends on your creativity and on how you can convert a phrase into a rememberable password. I just gave you an example. You can come up with your own way to create secure and strong passwords.
#3. Use a password manager
A password manager is applications that save all the passwords of your online accounts at one place. So the next time when you visit a website your password and username for that website will be automatically filled by the password manager.
This saves you a lot of headaches and the only password that you need to remember is the master passwords that unlocks your password manager itself.
#4. Don’t use the same password on different websites
I think at this point, this is obvious to you. Don’t ever use the same password for your different online accounts.
So suppose you have an account on a low-security website. The next day that website’s database got hacked and now the attacker has all the passwords. Now is the time to freak out if you are one of the users of that website and use the same password everywhere.
An attacker will use that password to break into your other accounts too, say your bank account. The next thing you know is that your account balance is zero which would be very devastating.
So I hope you understand the seriousness of using the same password everywhere.
How Your Passwords Can Be Stolen
The very first thing that an attacker would do to steal your password would be trying obvious passwords. As I said earlier some users are very lazy to create a secure password so they tend to use their pet name as their password. Even some people use passwords such as 123abc, password.
Here are the most commonly used passwords:
Top 25 most common passwords
- [email protected]#$%^&*
This is the data which was accumulated by Splashdata. This is a company that makes password manager applications. If you don’t know what a password manager is, then hang on because this is what we are going to discuss next.
Apart from guessing the two most common ways in which an attacker would try to get your password are dictionary attack and brute force attack.
In a dictionary attack, the software will be fed with a huge number of dictionary words. Then the software tries each and every word in the dictionary to log into the account.
If one password doesn’t work then the software tries the next word in the dictionary. This process is repeated until the account is unlocked and the right password is revealed.
In the brute force attack, each and every combination of letter and alphabet is tried in order to guess the passwords. So the software will first try ‘A’, then ‘AA’, ‘AB’ and so on until the right password is guessed.
How To Manage Your Passwords?
Now, once you have a bunch of different passwords for different websites it becomes difficult to remember them. So here we will talk about how can manage all your different passwords easily. For this, we use a software called passwords manager.
What Is a Password Manager?
A password manager is an application that stores all of your online account’s username and passwords. You can call a password manager a password store. Each user has his own password store and the password store itself is encrypted and is protected by a master password.
I hope you got the idea, now let’s come to the practical section.
Among all the different password managers LastPass is the most popular one. Watch the video below that describe you what a passwords manager actually is.
And here is a video on what LastPass can do for you.
Now I’ll show you how you can install and use LastPass on your browser.
I’m going to use the Google Chrome browser. Even if you use Firefox, LastPass works with it too. In fact, it supports–Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, Microsoft Edge.
So let’s begin.
1. If you are using Chrome then visit the go to this link to download install the LastPass browser extension.
2. Once the extension is added, click on the LastPass icon and enter your email address to create a new account.
3. Then you will be asked to create a master password. Choose a strong master password and fill it out.
The guidelines recommended by LastPass for creating a secure password are:
- Must be at least 12 characters long
- Also include at least 1 number
- Must have at least 1 uppercase letter
- Also, at least 1 lowercase letter
- It must be not your email
Keeping these points in mind create a secure password. Remember this will be your master password, so take some time to come up with a strong password.
4. When you are done creating your account then visit any online website where you have an account. Log in to your account using your username and password.
5. Once you are in that account the LastPass browser extension will ask you to save the username and the password for the website. Simply click on the add button.
6. Now to make sure the password and the username are successfully stored into the LastPass vault, simply log out. You’ll see that the login details are already filled in.
So this is how you can manage your passwords easily. Also when you create a new account, you get access to the premium features of the LastPass for 30 days, which is cool by the way.
Rundown: How To Create Secure Passwords
With the rise of active users on the Internet more and more people are making their online identity using social media. It becomes your duty to keep your passwords in a safe place or you could simply remember them.
Your strong passwords would not matter if you are cautious in the first place. Your password is only secure as you are. So keep that in mind create strong and secure passwords with the methods that I discussed above.
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