Common Password Mistakes & Tips for Creating a Stronger One
Even though technology has rocketed in the past decade, our password creating skills have remained in the stone ages. In this post, we will go over common password mistakes that are leaving you vulnerable as well as some simple tips for creating better, stronger, and secure passwords.
Five common password mistakes
#1. Keeping your pet’s name as your password
Everybody loves their pets, and sometimes we use it as our passwords for its simplicity and the fact that it is easy to remember. While we might love our pet names so do hackers as they are easy for them to crack, especially if they are aware of your pet. A survey revealed that one in six people use their pets’ name for coming up with passwords.
# 2. Using the same password for multiple platforms
This is never a good idea, while it might make it easier for you to log into many sites without having to remember an abundance of passwords it also makes it easier for hackers. Of course, it is easy to type the same password for different accounts. However, this factor of convenience can cost you a lot in the end. If a hacker manages to steal your password, the first thing they would do is try their luck with the same password for hacking into your other accounts; similar to having a master key to open every lock in your house.
#3. Use special characters
Special characters are not always the most practical characters to include in your password. However, they are the most effective. Special characters like @, #, %, _, &, etc., can often be the difference between being hacked and remaining secure. For example, using a password like “purnachandra123”, hackers may need about 8 hours to crack it. However, when including special characters in your password such as “purnachandr@#123”, can take up to a year for the hackers to crack.
#4. Strong password for an email account is crucial
You might be thinking why is an email so important to protect, why would hackers care about my mail. Do not forget that you almost always use your email for resetting passwords. Therefore, if a hacker has gained access to your email account, they may have access to passwords of other accounts which may be more important or sensitive.
#5. Long passwords are good passwords
How many times has this happened to you, when you are signing up for a website and get hit with the notification that your password must be at least 6 – 8 characters long. They do not do this because they have a lot of free space to spare, but rather because they are aware of how a longer password is good practice when trying to create a strong password. The shorter your password, the easier it is for a hacker to break into your account.
Avoid these password mistakes, and take into consideration these password tips:
- Use different passwords for different websites.
- Always incorporate special characters in your password.
- When creating a password keep it at least 6-8 characters long.
- Incorporate one uppercase letter while creating a password.
Having a complex password might be secure, but they tend to be difficult to remember. Consider using a reliable password manager to help remember and autofill your passwords. Just make sure that the master password for the program is impenetrable.