Better Passwords Will Make You Safer
Weak passwords are a major security risk and a very easy path for unauthorized access to the information we would like to protect.
A good password is important if you want to protect your personal and business information from abuse by others. If you use the following four tips, you will be more digi-safe.
Tip 1 – Have an easy to remember password
A password that is easy to remember and at the same time has a high strength, you get by thinking of a sentence and changing it to a password by shortening it. To make the password complex, use both uppercase and lowercase letters as well as numbers and special characters. Preferably one from each category. The password must have a length of 12-14 characters.
You can also find some random words that, when compounded, provide a password of a considerable length. To avoid dictionary attacks where an attacker uses an automated process to crawl a list of possible passwords, spelling mistakes should be entered in the words. It is also important to use both uppercase and lowercase letters. Finally, the password must be minimum is 20-25 characters.
Tip 2 – Use multi-factor authentication
If the systems you use allow for multi-factor authentication, choose this solution. It greatly increases security. In some cases, the use of multi-factor authentication may mean that the requirement for password strength, both in terms of length and complexity, can be lowered a bit.
Tip 3 – Always change default passwords
You must always create a personal password when you get new IT equipment. IT equipment and software are often provided by the provider with standard passwords. The hackers are good and standard passwords must therefore be changed as soon as possible and always before equipment and software are put into operation.
Tip 4 – Never reuse passwords
Reusing passwords poses a very high risk as it may allow an attacker to access not just a single system but to many systems. Also access to very personal and private information if the password is used both privately and at work. While it may be hard to remember many and complex passwords, never reuse your password.
Password traps you should avoid
When we make passwords, many of us have the same behavior, for example. many of us will have a password of eight characters if it is the minimum requirement for the password length. This knowledge of password behavior uses the hackers. Certain common patterns may appear safe on the surface, but are well known to the hackers. Therefore, avoid falling into the following traps:
- Should the password contain a capital letter, the capital letter will typically be placed as the first letter of the password.
- If the password must contain numbers, these will be placed at the end. Numbers are often given between 0 and 99, or as an annual. It is also common to change letters with numbers that resemble a particular letter or close to the letter. “E” will be, for example. to “3”, “o” turns into “0”, etc.
- The requirement for special characters is solved in many cases by using one. Some characters turn out to be more popular than others. Snabel-a (“@”) and exclamation marks (“!”) Are some of the more popular
- Should the password be changed at regular intervals, there are many users who use cyclical words in terms of words for seasons, quarters, months, etc.
- Some words or numbers are very popular and go back in many passwords. Among the most used passwords are: “123456”, “password”, and letter rows such as “Qwerty” that follows the rows on the keyboard.
- The password is the same as the username or part of it
- The password consists of names of family, friends, pets, etc.
- In connection with a periodic change of the password, a new one is made, which is almost identical to the one before.
How do I remember all my passwords?
There are various tools to remember passwords, such as technical solutions and password managers. However, both places should be aware of the security, and regardless of the solution, all IT users should remember at least one high-strength password.
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