Secure Password in 8 Easy Steps

PUBLISHED Oct 7th, 2018

As soon as social networks came to the internet, their ids became new keys of the world. For every verification and subscription, we always use services like Google and Facebook to sign in. Having such a traffic, our social media accounts are connected to a large number of other networks.

Secure Password in 8 Easy Steps

But this also makes hackers focused on these main sites, the top social profiles we use as common keys for every account. If they can get the password of your Facebook or Google, they can crack into almost anything.

Although these sites are taking necessary steps to keep us secure, they are actually more dependent on the complexity of password we choose. They try their best to protect our passwords using encryption and other techniques. But, around 600,000 hackers log into Facebook every day to hack others. This becomes useless if our passwords are weak and can easily be cracked.

The main idea is to make your password more complicated to crack in respect to the time required to crack. Using length and randomness of symbols used.

So let’s discuss 8 necessary steps that we can take to make our passwords more secure

1. Use all kinds of symbols

Not only you must use both uppercase and lowercase alphabets, but also you should use numbers and symbols. This makes the password very complex in the pattern.

Bad Good
pea Pea123@
sea @sEa1997
dog DoG$1$

2. At least 8 characters

I say go for 13, even 15 characters long. More the number of characters, more time it would take to be cracked. Where a 10 character password would take 1 week, 15 characters would take centuries!

Bad Good
Pea123@ grEEnPea123@
@sEa1997 @bLUEsEa1997
DoG$1$ DoGGyy$1$

3. No complete word. Changed regularity

The password should contain no words from the dictionary. If any sort of pattern gets recognized, half of the password is already guessed then! A little rearrangement would do great! Even numeric combinations like 1997 etc should also be broken.

Bad Good
grEEnPea123@ grPeEEn1a2l3@
@bLUEsEa1997 @19bLsEUaE97
DoGGyy$1$ DG$oy1Gy$

Pattern matching is hence not so quick with these passwords now.

4. No lazy Keyboard Patterns!

rtyuiop looks so random right? Absolutely Not! It’s a part of the second row of a standard qwerty keyboard. It’s a common practice to use keyboard sequences because they are easier to type and remember. But these are guessed easily as they are very common. Therefore this should be avoided.

Instead, you may make other kinds of patterns than using regular linear sequences. For example, check these patterns on a qwerty keyboard.

Worst Better
qwerty qaswsdf
123456 642531
zxcvbnm zsexdrcft

5. Avoid obvious substitution

We use some substitutions like writing r00m instead of room and it feels so smart. But those cracking passwords are over smart. They already have a large number of such collected cracked passwords. So they guess even without testing what substitutions a user might use. Because, again of the same reason, as we are using dictionary words, so writing mou$e or app1e etc is not considered that great.

6. Use passphrase

You can convert simple sentences which are relevant to you into difficult passwords but as these sentences can easily be remembered you, you can recreate and remember them easily.

For example:

Passphrase Password
I am 18 years old and love Tekken 7 Ia18ySol+vEk7
A squared plus b squared is c squared 2a+2beq$csq
Jack and Jill went up the hill and fall Jk&LLwU$Hl+f@

7. Avoid using the same password on multiple locations

A friend of mine created a very difficult password and got cracked by a simple keylogger on a school computer. As he was using that same difficult password on most of his account, he gets cracked almost everywhere in no time!

This is one of the most ignored common sense that if a hacker cracks your password on one site, he will obviously try that cracked password on other accounts too. And people do make this common mistake because creating multiple strong passwords for so many accounts is really hard. But this has the worst results.

If you can’t remember so many passwords then try making pass phrases including the account.

Passphrase Password
This is Facebook where I like (thumbs up) my dog @1sFbw?itumd9
This is Twitter where I like (hearts) my cat @istWw?ihtsmc8

It’s still hard, You may use apps like LastPass, Dashlash and TrueKey etc to store your passwords in super-encrypted safe formats.

8. Now keep your secure password safe

  • You should never allow anyone to use your PCs and Smartphones. But the more important thing is to not sign in on an arbitrary device. It’s very easy to set up a keylogger on a machine and that would then store everything that you have typed. That includes your secure password.
  • Whenever possible, always use 2 Step Authentication. By using apps like Google Authenticator or a simple One Time Passwords. This acts as full safety as long as a hacker doesn't hack your phone or recovery emails.
  • Always keep logging notifications on. So that you can track down any unauthenticated activity over your accounts immediately.
  • You can use cool websites like howsecureismypassword and passwordmeter to see how secure your password is.

So these were some steps I follow to make my accounts secure. Any idea you follow which I missed? Comment down below now!

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