Our lives pretty much revolve around the Internet these days.
And although staying secured on the internet is always a concern, we protect our online accounts with passwords that keep them safe and keep the bad guys out.
But are your passwords ‘hacker-safe’? If not, we’ll teach you how to make a secure password that would really give hackers a run for their money. Here is how to create a strong ‘hacker-safe’ password.
Make sure you can remember it easily
This definitely is a no-brainer, but make sure that the password you create must be easy to remember. No point over-complicating a password when you can’t even remember it!
Don’t use common terms or phrases
While you might feel quite smart keeping your password ‘Password’, it isn’t really a smart thing to do. Hackers know that there are people stupid enough to do that and that makes you their easy bait. Always make words that don’t really make sense. Here you could use Hindi words instead of regular English words to add a higher level of security.
Make sure it is at least 12-characters long
The longer the password, the better. A lengthy password is really painful for any hacker to crack, as not only it is hard to guess a long password, but any hacking software will take a really long time to try multiple combinations. If the wait time is too much, the hacker would eventually give up and the integrity of your account remains intact.
Make sure you switch the character case
The case of the password content also matters. The case basically means having small or capital alphabets. Having a password such as ‘CoRnUcoPiA instead of Cornucopia’ can really make a huge difference. A small change in the case can put hacking tools in a spin and make it deliver incorrect results, as they won’t expect dictionary words to have an abrupt case type. This also helps in case if someone has heard your password, as unless they don’t type it in the way it is intended to it won’t work.
Add numbers and special characters to the mix
Numerical and special characters add a thick layer of security to a regular text-based password. There are hacking tools that use the dictionary to crack down password combinations. However, the moment you add numerical and special characters, the tool goes completely bonkers, and its entire calculations go for a toss, keeping your account safe and sound. The entire odds including the numbers and special character result in numerous combinations that can get quite complicated for the hacking tool to crack.