Why are passwords important?
Passwords are vital to protecting yourself online. Without them, personal information, private content and confidential data could easily be accessed by anyone, allowing them to use it as they please. They are the main way of defending yourself against cyber criminals.
Why do they all need to be different?
With log in details being the main method of defence against hacking, you will need to make it as hard as possible for criminals to hack your account. Think of it like this, if you have the password ‘Cat123’ for your Facebook account and hackers find this information, they can easily try this same password for your online banking. If you were to have the same details for all logins, a hacker can quickly exploit your life. If you want to have a secure online presence, ensure you are creating new logins for all accounts.
You cannot rely on website’s to have impenetrable forces in place. This can be seen with a variety of businesses such as LinkedIn, Dropbox and Yahoo, they have received some of the largest data breaches in the 21st century. Therefore, if one of your passwords is discovered, your entire online presence is at risk.
How do I choose a secure password?
This depends on your preferences, but it is advised to include upper and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers randomly within your password. It is also said to have more than 8 characters, too short of a word can be easy to guess. Ultimately, your chosen password should be hard to guess, therefore never include similar words in your username or email address or public personal information, e.g. your name. Here are some general rules that you could follow:
- Establish a number of personal and memorable keywords
- Highlight multiple memorable numbers
- Create passwords through a combination of those determined + symbols
How do I remember all these passwords?
If unable to remember through memory, note them in code somewhere safe! Or, there are online password managers that store your passwords under lock and key. However, it is always advised to have absolutely no proof of passwords no matter how promised to be protected they are.
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