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Internet Safety: Tips to Make Your Passwords as Strong as Possible

    Cyber criminals have increasingly complex ways to get hold of your information. If you want to stay vigilant against all types of attacks - picking a good, strong password is the first thing to start with!
     
    Your passwords grant access to your personal online kingdom. Hence you need to have a strong password to limit the odds of your information being hacked or stolen. A unique and strong password will create a first line of defense against intruders and imposters. It will stop leaking your data across the web and help you have a secured internet experience!
     
    For some, creating a strong password seems like a daunting task. Here are some best practices to consider for setting a secure internet password.
     
    • Longer Password

    A long password is a strong password. Experts recommend creating a minimum 8 character long password. However, if your password protects something sensitive, like access to your bank account, then a 10 – 12 character password seems great.
     
    • Mix of Characters

    Try to use different characters in your password. The more you mix up letters (upper-case and lower-case), numbers, and symbols, the more potent your password is, and the harder it is for a hacker to crack it. For example, you could substitute a zero for the letter “O” or “@” for the letter A, or “!” for i, etc.
     
    • Avoid Using Personal Information

    Do not include your personal details in your passwords. Details like your birth date, anniversary date, address, phone number, name of the city, school, spouse, pet, etc —should be avoided. These details make your password easier to guess, especially for someone who knows you well.
     
    • Avoid Common Word Combinations

    Create a password that is far from what people commonly use. If the word combination is common or easy to guess, it’s not going to keep your information safe from hackers. If you are using simple words, try adding a numeral or punctuation at the beginning or at the end of the word (or both!). For example: Hello!!Natty$4 or Yellow@&Frooti71 these kinds of passwords look difficult to guess or crack.
    In addition, avoid using simple adjacent keyboard combinations: For example, “qwerty” and “asdzxc” and “123456”. Such combinations or series are something that hackers just expect.
     
    • Don’t Reuse Your Passwords

    Don’t use the same password across multiple websites or accounts. For example, your online banking, online shopping, email address, etc should all have different passwords.
     
    If you use the same password across all platforms, and if someone discovers your password for one account, they will have the key to every other account you use that password for.
     
    • Password Manager

    Start using a password manager. These services auto-generate and store strong passwords on your behalf. The passwords are kept in an encrypted, centralized location, which you can access with a master password. (Don’t lose that one!).
     
    Many services are free to use and come with optional features. They can tell you when a site has experienced a data breach. They can also tell you if the password you are using has been found in a stockpile of stolen user data etc. In short, a password manager can be a helpful acquaintance.
     
    How to Keep Your Password Protected?
    • Do not share your passwords with anyone
    • Resist the temptation to write down the password on a piece of paper
    • Do not store passwords in a file on any computer system
    • If possible, change your passwords after every 60-90 days.
    • Do not click on "remember password" on any of the websites
    • Enable SMS based ‘One Time Password’ on your accounts
    When it comes to password security, being proactive is your best protection. So take a moment to review the tips given above, and consider strengthening some of your passwords if they fall short. A good password is all that may stand between you and a cybercriminal.