Codes, Clues, Cryptic: What’s Your password? Wait..Don’t answer that.
With the world wide web expanding every day, more and more accounts are being setup on different sites, software, and systems. So how do you keep track of them all and how do you know they are safe? Here are some tips that can help:
Passwords are such a vital thing; people need to realize how important they are and how crucial it is that no one knows your password.
Don’t trust apps or systems to hold your passwords. It is so hard these days to remember all your different passwords, but that doesn’t mean you should trust all those passwords in the hands of a possibly, unsafe system. It is better safe than sorry. The best thing to do is write them all down on two different papers and store both papers far away from each other and in a very safe place. Besides your mind, there are few places you should trust your passwords.
You should absolutely not have the same password for everything. That is highly dangerous and risky. You should try having different passwords for each system, but since that is very unrealistic with trying to have the mental capacity of not mixing all those up, try and have a solid top five passwords you switch out.
Build up strong passwords
How do you do that? Well with the millions of sites trying to tell you the science of it, it basically comes down to using a variety of characteristics, lengthy, and random. Your name, birthday, and social are probably the top three NO’s! The variety of characteristics should consist of uppercase letters, lower case letters, numbers, and if you can remember symbols. It makes sense the more your password varies, the harder it will be to crack. Another rule is length: your password should not be any shorter than eight characters.
Extra Cautious Tips
If you want to be on the safe side, change your passwords once a year or more to protect your cyber property.
The longer your password the harder it gets to guess, so if you believe your mind can remember it, do it!
Use your brain
Basically treat your passwords like the keys to your house or car. Do not give your passwords to anyone. If you believe someone knows them, change them immediately. Do not use simple, typical phrases for passwords but choose ones that relate to you and make sense to you. Do not take them lightly and constantly remind yourself of your passwords so they are always fresh in your mind.
Written by Ariel Campos