How to Create Strong Passwords: The Foundation of Your Online Security
The foundation of your online security is strong password protection. This is your first line of defense against hackers and malware, so it is imperative that your passwords are tough to crack yet easy to remember. After all, you are protecting the device itself as well as any account with a login. If you use a different password for each account, as security experts recommend, you are looking at a laundry list of passwords. Making them easy to remember yet difficult to hack isn’t quite as difficult as you expect, and with our advice, it will be even easier. Next step, becoming the password manager of the century.
The secret to strong passwords
A few simple recommendations
Strong passwords are long and complex, but not necessarily hard to remember. Ideally, they meet five criteria.
- At least 10 characters long
- Contains at least one lowercase letter
- Contains at least one uppercase letter
- Contains at least one number
- Contains at least one special character
Okay, no you are wondering how to create a simple, but memorable, 10 character password (for each account, nonetheless!) without writing them down, right? This is where you should take Edward Snowden’s advice and not think of a password as a single word, but as a passphrase. For example, if you have a booking.com account, have a "passphrase" which relates to travel; i.e. "I hate traveling for work but I need a paycheck!" turns into "Ih8t4wbInap!". This makes a great choice, is an easy enough passphrase to remember, and meets all criteria. It looks like nonsense but in reality in it is the most sensible password you can have.
If you are worried about remembering your passwords, technology is here to help as always. You can use a password managers such as LastPass or even create a password protected document within your Cloud. If you go this route, however, you will have to make a password to protect your passwords… meaning this password needs to be the strongest! Isn’t is sad what we have become? We need a password to protect our passwords!
Add an extra layer of protection with a VPN
As we said earlier, any password at the end of the day is vulnerable to hackers. Adding another layer is always a good idea, and even with strong passwords, everything is vulnerable to attack while using public wifi. By using a VPN, you encrypt your connection as well as hide your IP address as you are rerouted to the VPN’s specific servers. For example, if you chose ZenMate, all your data while browsing online will be encrypted, therefore protecting your online sessions and browsing data. We are a company of trust and openness, so feel free to have a browse and look at all VPN’s before making your choice, as freedom to decide for yourself is a founding principle of online freedom.