Today I'll be starting a post which will tell you about simple tips and tricks for password protection beyond the ordinary.
What to avoid: Besides the passwords mentioned in the list. avoid using
- Your birthday,
- Anniversary etc.,
- Your favourite quote,
- Your nickname
- Your wife, gf/husband,bf name
- Your Pets name
- Anything in particular which the world knows about
Then What the heck should I use?
- Get Creative: The best passwords are also the most creative one, somethings out of the blue. Movie Dialogues, something historical something you read or something that buzzes in your mind is always a good way to start off.
- The Longer the stronger: Yeah, it counts here as well ;). Use a password that is long. This tends to throw off the hackers at times. One person I know used the CD Key to one of his games as a password. It's tough memorising it but it's almost un-crack able.
- Avoid numbers at the end: It's become a habit for us to use numbers but most of the times they go right at the end such as ABC@123 or ABC_123. Instead try this combo A1b3C2. I just jumbled them up and got a stronger combination instantly.
- Special characters: Want to make it even stronger add some special characters. One of my earlier used passwords also serving as a motivational goal in college was "get80%6sem" meant I strived for 80% in all 6 semesters.
- Unicode: This is the ultimate in Basic password security. One of the worst passwords in the list happens to be "iloveyou" Now we take the same password and convert it to this "♂i♥you♀" Using unicode characters boosts the security level to a new high. A word of advice though that you won't be able to use you account on your phone this way as unicode are not supported there. To access unicode just press "alt" key and then a number key from the numpad eg alt+15 = ☼
Note: This post will be regularly updated with more new and useful info as and when available
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