Creating Strong Paasword ~ Way to remain safe from threats!

How to create a Strong Password

A secret string of characters used by people to log on to a computer and access files, programs, and other resources is named as Password which can be made up of letters, symbols, and spaces. Passwords are case-sensitive. It ensures that unauthorized people do not access the computer.

Passwords are considered as first line of defense against unauthorized access to computer. Remember strong is the password more the computer is protected from hackers and malwares.

What makes a password strong (or weak)?

 

A strong password:

  • Is at least eight characters long.
  • Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.
  • Does not contain a complete word.
  • Is significantly different from previous passwords.
  • Contains characters from each of the following four categories:

Character category

  • Uppercase letters like A, B, C
  • Lowercase letters like a, b, c
  • Numbers like 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Symbols found on the keyboard (all keyboard characters not defined as letters or numerals) and spaces like ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ – + = { } [ ] \ : ; ” ‘ < > , . ? /

A password might meet all the criteria above and still be a weak password. For example, Hello2U! meets all the criteria for a strong password listed above, but is still weak because it contains a complete word. H3ll0 2 U! is a stronger alternative because it replaces some of the letters in the complete word with numbers and also includes spaces.
Have a glance of following tips which will help in remembering string passwords:

  • Use easy-to-remember piece of information to create acronyms as for example pick some meaningful phrases to use as your guide. Then create passwords using that phrases as My Birthday is on 23 February, 1987 which might be used as Mbio23/Feb,87.
  • Create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information. For example, pick a phrase that is meaningful to you, such as My son’s birthday is 12 December, 2004. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use Msbi12/Dec,4 for your password.
  • Substitute numbers, symbols, and misspellings for letters or words in an easy-to-remember phrase. For example, My son’s birthday is 12 December, 2004 could become Mi$un’s Brthd8iz 12124 (it’s OK to use spaces in your password).
  • ¬†Relate your password to a favorite hobby or sport. For example, I love to play badminton could become ILuv2PlayB@dm1nt()n.If you feel you must write down your password in order to remember it, make sure you don’t label it as your password, and keep it in a safe place.