An article published in Forbes recently – Americans aren’t doing enough to protect their privacy online; left me thinking. Do I have a secure password?
I have to say, it’s utterly shocking to see the statistics. 98% of American consumers believe their passwords are safe enough. But a study by Avast, company specialized in Mobile and PC security shows only 6% out of them are safe.
And 69 % of the respondents fear hackers targeting their personal information most importantly. The fear is obvious, because another research says 74% percent of Americans have their nude photos leaked than their banking details. Of course, I came to know about these information from Forbes.
The entire statistics you can cover by reading the original article. In this article, I will try to give you insights on how to be safe online by creating a secure password.
So what should we really do? May be a password make over.
I meant to do it for myself anyway, as I was pretty sure I got a weak password by then.
Hackers!! This is not to challenge you by saying, I got a strong password. And by the way, there are no nude images in my online accounts.
Security expert’s states; “Passwords should be no less than sixteen characters with numbers, letters and symbols”.
It’s not an ideal choice for me and may be for you also, it’s hard to keep track of such long passwords. But at the same time don’t want to expose myself to the nightmares.
If you have not thought about your online account safety, I would say, it’s time to think.
Common mistakes that we make when creating passwords.
The most common passwords of 2014 for many web users ranges from “123456”, “password”, “12345”, “qwerty” to “football”. You are leaving it to hackers by creating passwords in this genre, they can just try the most common words and numbers to run you.
The importance of having a secure password: Look at this infographic by TeamsID
I took this infographic as the base, to work on passwords.
Be safe and sound on online
It’s time to get rid of these common mistakes. I spoke to several experts from different fields from online reputation management to cybercrime. The tips, golden advice’s and the wealth of information gained from these conversations can surely help us to have a safer online experience.
Tips that will save you from a potential hacker
It’s important for us to protect our personal accounts and information. Here are the suggestions; to kick start the process we have to clean up our passwords and organize our online activities. A more secure password is an ideal choice to be safe online.
Different email account for different reasons:
Having four or five different email accounts: 1. Family and close friends, 2. Social media, 3. Public, 4. Banking, 5. Shopping. This can help you to protect your private information and better manage your online activities.
The worst thing to do is having same password for all your profiles. Suppose, if your one account is compromised, you don’t want to give a lead to take on your next account. Potential hacker on a field day can destroy your life, so ensure that you are using different passwords. You can only stop hacker by making things harder. Don’t let him run away.
Avoid personal clues when creating passwords:
Don’t mix up your passwords with date of birth, name, location, spouse name or any such personal information. These information are publicly available, which leaves clues and people can make a wild guess to crack your password. Also add hobbies, nickname into the list of personal clues.
Put some extra thought
To create a high quality password you need to include numbers, symbols, uppercase and lowercase letters. But it’s important to remember them. So instead of mixing these factors wildly, you can consider using control characters and non-English words. For example: use number for a letter, i.e. 1 for “i” or 0 for “o”. This way you will be able to remember your passwords easily.
For different accounts, you can consider making some changes to the prefix or suffix of your password, so that it’s not entirely different.
Refrain yourself from giving out passwords
To get help, people give out passwords. If it’s a must, then you have to, but you should change them as soon as possible. Don’t leave them message about your password, better make a call to give the password. Some people prefer to make use of password managers to keep track of their passwords to keep them safe online. And many store their passwords in a location on their PC. If you are storing on your PC make sure that you have buried it well, use hide feature.
Give something fake
Often while creating email accounts, providers ask for security questions to help us out, in case if we have forgotten the password. This is where hackers turn successful most times, if they have not cleared the normal method. So, here we have to change the cards; fake everything here. Create your own question and give a fake answer. This will upset the hacker.
Try these methods to be safe online.
Got anything to add into the tips, share with us in the comments.