How to Create a Strong Password (That You Can Remember)
It’s 2020 people, and hackers have had a long time to develop the best strategies to break into your accounts, and they do this by understanding the psychology behind how people create passwords.
Securing your accounts is important for everyone, but it is especially important for anyone who is part of an industry that is likely to be targeted. That includes lawyers, payroll firms, medical offices, mortgage brokers, and anyone else that is dealing with large sums of money, sensitive information, or both.
There are a few general strategies that hackers use, and understanding them can help us make strong passwords.
A brute force attack is where a program will try hundreds of letter and number combinations to guess at your passwords. The best way to fight brute force attacks is to have a long password- the longer the password, the more combinations, the longer it takes to break into your account.
A dictionary attack is a more sophisticated type of brute force attack, where the program attempts to crack your password based on a dataset. Oftentimes this is a list of common passwords that are gathered from past data breaches across the globe, so these can be very effective.
These types of attacks also take into account common letter/number/symbol substitutions, such as “M!1k” instead of “Milk”, so being cute with a few symbols doesn’t cut it anymore.
Avast has a great blog article (https://blog.avast.com/strong-password-ideas) that gives an awesome strategy to create a strong password that’s very simple.
· String a few uncommon words together
· Add random symbols and numbers in the middle
That’s a great long complex password, that is not easy to hack into. It’s also much easier to remember than random numbers and characters that you may get from a password generator. Just be sure not to use information that can be readily found on social media, such as your kids names, or your high school, as this can also be used in the case of a targeted email hacking.
It’s good to remember that everyone feels like their password is good enough until it’s too late. Don’t get us wrong, we love what we do, but we hate being called in after a breach and seeing the worry in peoples faces. We hate seeing people uncertain about their bank accounts, and their own customers data that they may have had stored.
It’s free to make a strong password. We’ll just leave it there.
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