When the whole world has moved online for almost everything, be it studies, browsing, payments, mail, messages or just entertainment, it becomes even more important to use a strong password to secure the accounts. Every year, the first Thursday of May is celebrated as World Password Day and there can’t be a better time to remind the importance of using storage and secure password for an online account.
Check Point Software Technologies, a global cybersecurity provider, has shared a few tips to create and manage passwords to keep online accounts secure.
Use a combination of characters: It is recommended to avoid using simple phrases or dates significant to personal life like birthdate, mobile number, etc. To avoid this, always use a random sequence made up of a combination of different numbers, letters, and symbols for each platform.
Use a different password for everything: Repeating passwords can also be dangerous as if one service gets compromised, it can put other services and accounts that have the same password at risk. With so many apps and services now requiring login details, it’s tempting to repeat the same single password for all of them, but this is a bad idea. Always use a different password for every service or account.
Longer passwords are usually hard to crack: A longer password is relatively more complicated to crack. Also, it is relatively hard to remember. But it is one of the best ways to keep information safe so make sure to use at least 8 digits to tighten up security levels.
Change your passwords regularly: Changing passwords on a regular basis is also important. It might seem to be a complicated process, however, using the same basic pattern and adding different combinations can simplify the process. This will also make it easier to remember the passwords.
Use two-factor authentication as an additional security layer: While taking all the above measures will certainly improve the effectiveness of a password, it is also essential to implement a two-factor authentication. This will prevent your accounts and services from unauthorised access.