Tutorial: Making your passwords as safe as the White House

Truth is there is no perfect password! The thing is different sites seem to operate a whole different format that contradicts its former. This really makes it a big pain to get your hands on a particularly distinct random password which would fill in for every account. Even this is impossible, except you are wholly a computer; but sadly no computer has blood running in it. So you wouldn’t be doing this.

Making your password safer

This sense of frustration leads the way to a general nonchalance as we don’t even bother to look to safety practices as to managing our passwords. We feel: “may be we are not too important to be hacked, and there is even less we could do as even the high and mighty are still eventually hacked”.

I was really upset when I learnt some hacker could amass 272 million passwords for major email services spanning across Gmail, Yahoo Mail Hotmail and even Mail.Ru which happens to be Russia’s No. 1 email service. Well even some crimes are applaudable, there are some gifted crimes one commits that makes the cop arresting him ask for a selfie first before handcuffing him. But forgive me this is definitely not one of those special criminal feats. I would rather attribute this to general carelessness of the victims whose passwords were stolen.

There are these basic rules to managing your password. Yes, they are basic; but they are not too basic to ensure your safety online. Let us look at them.

Making use of the same password again and again everywhere online puts you straight at the hacker’s trigger

When you depend on very common passwords like “12345” and “password” and even “letmein.” The three aforementioned have been three are ranked as the three worst possible passwords to use by Team IDs last year. They are just too common. Hackers are going to first try them as they believe they feel this could be among your first choice of hurried passwords.

Make sure you don’t use “qwerty” for a password.

Make sure you don’t use the “qwerty” format for a password. Hackers try their hands on passwords formed from compiling stretches of keyboard-format” words. So should you be using “qwerty” format, you know you don’t have an Achilles heel. After all, an Achilles heel is is supposed to be a hidden weakness but a “qwerty” format password here is all too public to be secret.

Now how can you increase the height of the fence around your password making it hard to be scaled:

Make use of complicated passwords

Although this sounds demanding, I’m sorry it is best practice. Avoid using information like popular names of your pet which could be seen on your Facebook page as well as your Twitter account. So make sure to generate passwords on a random scale. I feel the best shot you get is at those which employ numerical as well as special characters like $ and % and # — stuff like this.

Now I know you will be thinking if I see you as some Einstein reincarnate to completely memorize all your passwords. No, you don’t have to memorize all of it.

Simply make use of a password manager

Software developers are well versed with the knowledge that memorizing passwords is no easy task for all. As such they have created password managers, like 1Password and LastPass. I think both are well sophisticated to fill in as an wardrobe for your passwords.

Though there is no 100% security in password mangers, yet it is a more realistic approach to keeping your passwords safer.

And even if you’re using a password manager…

Please ensure you don’t make use of the same password for different accounts

One thing that makes a hacker’s job easy is the laziness of his victim. If they can successfully steal just one of your passwords, be sure they are going to try it on all of your accounts. So you know if they have your password to your twitter account, and if it has the compatible number of characters, the hacker wouldn’t mind trying it on your bank account!

So you see it fits you best when you wear a shin guard against rough tackles from hackers by using unique passwords for all your accounts.

It is even a better idea all together to change your passwords frequently

The idea is your password once stolen, it is most likely to be on the counter up for sale to some internet-hoodlums. So when you update your password, you take yours off the counter for the time been.

I’m sorry this is seeming too stressful, but then true security all comes at a cost however not financial. When you get to paradise you an use “I” as your password. But for now there is work to do. I would recommend at best trying to use multiple factors to log in.

When you make use of multiple-factor log-ins — it becomes a two-step authentication which will need two separate codes to be delivered to your phone or even email account as the case may be to complete the process.

In all, online security is not something you do always in Miami beaches with a “kardashian-shaped” masseur on your back and a world-class opera in the background. There is work to be done, it is not only boys that are not smiling: even hackers are not smiling!

He's an Associate at JustNaira. He loves to write about technology, business,sport and life, mixed with some randomness of what he would like to share. He's favorite activity is pretending that he can sing.

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