It can be pretty hard creating brick-wall log in details more so that different password is advised to be used across website with log in gateway especially on social media sites, online bank accounts, email accounts, etc. Another greater challenge is the possibility of forgetting these passwords if we are to adhere to this rule.
This can make us lost accounts on websites that have stringent password recovery policy. Because of these, most people have resolve to using simple passwords they can remember (e.g mike1234, professor0000, and so on) at the detriment of their privacy and safety.
You can actually prevent these when you use the techniques below suggested by Webroot:
Use a phrase and incorporate shortcut codes or acronyms: These examples let you use phrases that either mean something to you, or you associate with a type of website.
For example, the ‘all for one and one for all’ may be the password for a social networking site where it’s all about sharing. It could be phrase about money for a banking site, and so on.
*.2BorNot2B_ThatIsThe?(To be or not to be, that is the question – from Shakespeare)
*.L8r_L8rNot2day (Later, later, not today – from the kids rhyme)
*.4Score&7yrsAgo (Four score and seven years ago – from the Gettysburg Address)
*.John3:16=4G (Scriptural reference)
*.14A&A41dumaS(one for all and all for 1 – from The Three Musketeers, by Dumas)
Use passwords with common elements, but customized to specific sites:These examples tell a story using a consistent style so if you know how you write the first sections, and you’re on the login page for a site you’ll know what to add.
*.ABT2_uz_AMZ!(About to use Amazon)
*.ABT2_uz_BoA!(About to use Bank of America)
*.Pwrd4Acct-$$(Password for account at bank)
*.Pwrd4Acct-Fb(Password for account at Facebook)
Play with your keyboard: You don’t have to think of it just as the numbers you see, it can also be a canvas to draw on.
*.1qazdrfvgy7, is really hard to remember unless you know that it’s a ‘W’ on your keyboard – that’s a lot easier to remember! You can make letters, shapes, and more just ‘drawing’ on the keyboard.
Add emoticons: While some websites limit the types of symbols you can use, most allow a wide range. Make your symbols memorable by turning them into smiley faces to instantly boost your password power.
*.Commonly allowed symbols: *.Some basic smiley faces: *.C?U2canCRE8Pwords;-) (See? You too can create passwords☺).
Below is yet another infographic from WhoIsHostingThis that can help you make strong passwords you can remember.
Conclusion: It is important to say that there is no password a professional hacker can not break. It may just take awhile. However, this does not mean the effort and the need to create a hard to break password should be jettisoned. If you combine strong password with bold determination to changing it frequently (say every fortnight (2weeks) or 3 months max), you would have shield your account by 95 per cent. What do you think?
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