Secure Passwords

Tips for making highly secure passwords

[1st Tip] Use a unique password for each of your important accounts

Use a different password for each of your important accounts, like your email and online banking accounts. Reusing passwords is risky. If someone figure out your password for one account, it's possible they could get access to your personal information, or other online service like shopping or banking.

[2nd Tip] Use mix of letters, numbers, and symbols in your password

Using numbers, symbols and mix of upper and lower case letters in your password makes it harder for someone to guess your password. For example, an eight-character password with numbers, symbols and mixed- case letters is harder to guess because it has 30,000 times as many possible combination than eight-character password with only lower case letters.

[3rd Tip] Don't use personal information or common words as a password

Create a unique password that's unrelated to your personal information and uses a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. For example, you can select a random word or phrase and insert letters and numbers into the beginning, middle, and end to make it extra difficult to guess. Don't use simple words or phrases like "password" or "letmein," keyboard patterns such as "qwerty"or "qazwsx," or sequential patterns such as "abcd1234" which make your password easier to guess.

[4th Tip] Make sure your backup password option are up-to -data and secure

Update your recovery email address regularly so that you can receive emails in case you need to reset your password. You can also add a phone number to receive password reset codes via text message. Many websites will also give you the option of answering a security question if you forget your password. If you create your own question, try to come up with one tat has an answer only you would know. The answer should't be something that someone can guess be scanning information you've posted on blogs or social media networking web sites. If you are asked to choose a question from a list, like the city where you were born, try to find a way to make your answer unique by using some of the tips above That way even if someone guesses the answer, they won.'t know how enter it correctly.

[5th Tip] Keep your passwords secure

Don't leave notes with your passwords to various your computer or desk, where people can easily steal them and use them to compromise your accounts. If you choose to save passwords in a file on your computer, create a name for the file that won't give it away. If you have difficult time remembering multiple passwords, use a trusted password manager. Be sure to spend a few minutes checking out reviews and reputations of password manager service.

Real Story

Hold Security, a Wisconsin-based security firm famous for obtaining hoards of stolen data from the hacking underworld, announced that it had persuaded a fraudster to give them a database of 272m unique email addresses along with the passwords consumers use to log in to websites. The escapade was detailed in a Reuters article. It might sound bad, but it is also easily mitigated. The passwords and email addresses, which include some from Gmail, Yahoo and Russia’s service, aren’t necessarily the keys to millions of email accounts. Rather, they had been taken from various smaller, less secure websites where people use their email addresses along with a password to log in. People who use a different password for both their email account and, say,, won’t be affected. But those who tend to use the same password for multiple sites as well as their email should change their email password. “Some people use one key for everything in their house,” Hold Security founder Alex Holden says. “Some people have a huge set of keys that they use for each door individually.” Holden said there is no way for consumers to check if their emails were included in his firm’s latest find. In 2014, when his firm tried to set up such a service after obtaining a billion hacked login credentials, his site crashed. The hacker appears to have been largely targeting Russian users. Some 57m of the email addresses were for the country’s largest email provider, which claims 100 million monthly users. Around 40m of the addresses were Yahoo Mail, 33m Hotmail and 24m for Google’s Gmail service. In this case, the hacker had been bragging on internet chat forums that he had a treasure trove of login credentials that he was trying to sell. Holden, who is fluent in Russian, said he wouldn’t pay for the data but would give him “likes” on various social media posts in exchange. The hacker, who apparently is quite young, agreed. “We kind of call him the collector,” Holden says in a heavy Russian accent. “Eventually, almost everyone gets breached.”

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