In Today’s word Password guessing and cracking attacks are common ways of getting unauthorized access to your web accounts, networks, mail accounts. Even the best passwords can eventually be broken, given enough time. The use of strong passwords provides a firm layer of security against password attacks and buys additional time against cracking attacks.
Protecting your data is your own responsibility. See my other article on Basic Tips to secure and protect your data
Is your password Strong enough?
Following are some of the Best practices guidelines for creating good strong password
- Use a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters
- Don’t always use your first letter as in uppercase but use other letters in uppercase
- Create the password that can be typed quickly without looking at keyboard keys. This helps preventing “Shoulder surfers” from attempting to steal passwords.
- If the account is critical, recommendation is to change it very frequently (Eg: Administrator account or root account)
- Don’t use the words contained in dictionaries.
- Never use first name, Middle name, last name or nick name in a password
- Never use your own username in any form of passwords
- Never use personal information in passwords such as your date of Birth, Pet names, your first car name, Address etc
- Password including just numbers and characters should not be used
- Don’t write down passwords or Tell your password to any one
- Don’t use shared accounts. Which means we should avoid using same credentials i.e user name and password for different services (Eg: Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, or for corporate logins)
- Make passwords easy to remember for you but at the same time it should be difficult for others guess
- Possibly avoid creating long password as they hard to remember and we have to write down some where
- If you are going to create little longer password the suggestion is to use passphrases instead of passwords. A passphrase is sentence that you type in as a password. It’s easier to remember even we have to type longer password. Such passwords are very difficult to guess