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How to Stay Secure: Tips and Tricks for Password Security

23 Oct 2012

written by Natalia David

How to Stay Secure: Tips and Tricks for Password Security

There are times when the prestissimo advancing tech world seems to be a scared little kitten against the flagella of hackers, crackers and the like, with their unforgiving onslaught penetrating every sphere within the realm. In such turbulent conditions, what are the measures, if any, that a user may take in order to stay safe? Safe from being a part of the kind of news that pop up quite often, announcing a multitude of accounts that were compromised or a number of online service providers that were breached, exposing users’ private and sensitive data to exactly the kind of people who wreck havoc with that kind of information.

Is there anything we can do about it?

The cliché always works in this case, that is, better safe than sorry. In the midst of this mayhem, a user must try to have a secure password for every single account they create online. The idea is to choose a password that people cannot simply guess that easily and bypass by the conventional method of hit and trial. For this purpose there a few tips and tricks that you can follow, including creating rather odd passwords with various combinations like those of alphabets and numbers. You can also share these with your various users around campus to make sure that they are creating secure passwords.

Tips, tricks and steps to follow:

If you want to have simple bullet points that can guide you to stay secure by creating passwords that are not easy to crack, here are a few steps that you can follow:

  • Most often you see that there is a minimum character limit put on passwords by websites meant for security purposes. You can use this length to further secure your passwords as the greater the length of the password is, the less likely it is to be cracked.
  • The first thing you need to bear in mind while creating a password is that you need an ostensibly random sequence of words or letters, but it hold some meaning to you so that you can remember it easily. This would be your base word. For example, if my siblings are really close to me and their names are John, Peter and Alice, my base word could be “jopetali”. Or if there is a favorite movie of mine, say “ A nightmare on elm’s street”, I can use the base word “moviestreetnight”. You get the picture.
  • You can further safeguard your passwords by adding punctuation marks and symbols to your base word. For example, You can add the punctuation you can easily remember like, “jo_pet_ali” or a symbol that’s easy to recall, like; “movie*streetnight!”
  • You can further add numbers to the password, which is now a combination of words/letters plus the punctuation/symbols. For example, easier option could be a number that you are familiar with or related to the words used in the base word, like for the first case you can add your house number like “jo_pet_ali27” or for the latter case a number that further helps recall the password can be added like the release year, making it look something like; “movie*1998streetnight!”
  • There are few things that you can do further secure your passwords like add upper and lower case and for a range of accounts you can generate similar passwords with variations in a pattern that only you can keep in mind.
  • Among other things you can make use of a password manager if you are still having a hard time remembering your passwords, they store all your passwords securely with the aid of one master password. You should also make it a habit of changing passwords on a regular basis, which is a norm in several institutions, in order to keep threats like computer monitoring software and cell phone spy software at bay.

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Natalia David

Natalia David, an author significantly contributes towards mobistealth PC security Software, mobile spy software and android spy. If you want to know more about Natalia you can follow her on twitter @NataliaDavid4.

This post was written by Natalia David

  • Darrian

    Thanks for the article. We all need to be more proactive about our
    personal account security. The fact that we are still living in a password
    ruled world is frustrating. Almost
    everything is still only password protected.
    But ultimately the fact is passwords (strong or not) do not replace the
    need for other effective security control. The only real solution is to add
    additional layers of authentication for access and transaction verification
    without unreasonable complexity and this will of help to their customers if
    they implement some form of a two-step or two-factor authentication were you
    can telesign into your account and have the security knowing you are protected
    if your password were to be stolen. This should be a prerequisite to any system
    that wants to promote itself as being secure. With this if they were to try to
    use the “stolen” password and don’t have your phone nor are on the computer,
    smartphone or tablet you have designated trusted, they would not be able to
    enter the account.

  • Internetiturundus

    You can start using Keeppass for ultimately impossible passwords. But being safe elsewhere too isn’t big mistake either, lots of people save their passwords and forget to log out, so. Just have to be careful with your stuff is best tip.

  • cling

    I always use 1password app on my smartphone for this. I can see you did not recommend an app. Which password app do you recommend? Some passwords can be revealed with software programs like the one in . I hope you would recommend a password manager that could bypass such kinds of software.

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