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August 14, 2019

How to Create a Password (and Policy) That's Nearly Unbreakable

How to Create a Password (and Policy) That's Nearly Unbreakable

password-policyDo you use the same password for multiple sites? If so, you might want to change it up a bit. You'd be surprised just how easy it is for hackers to gain access to your accounts!

 

This is especially important nowadays since everything is done online. You wouldn't want someone to get into your bank account, now would you?

 

To prevent this, you not only want to use different passwords, but you want to make sure that each of them is secure. There's also the option of using two-factor authentication.

Want to know how to create a password that's un-crackable? If so, you're at the right place! We'll be sharing a few tips that you might find helpful. Keep reading to find out what they are!

How to Create a Password: 4 Things That You Want to Do

Here are some tips that you might find helpful when you're coming up with a new password.

You can also apply them to a workgroup if you have one—that way, everyone's account will be secure. 

 

1. Use At Least 12 Characters

Come up with a password that's at least 12 characters long. The longer it is, the harder it will be to crack.

 

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Ideally, you want it to contain at least one lowercase and one uppercase letter. Don't forget to also include numeric and special characters.

 

Avoid repeating the same characters in the password. In other words, don't include things like "1111" or "aaaa".

 

2. Don't Use Dictionary Words

Do not use any words that are in the dictionary. Why?

Many cracking tools come with dictionary lists that allow them to try thousands of different word combinations.

 

If you must, at least change them up a bit. For instance, you can add numbers or punctuation in between the characters—that will make them a little more secure.

 

3. Avoid Using Personal Information

Avoid choosing passwords that are based on things that people can easily find out. For instance, you do not want to include your birthday, phone number, or numbers from your address.

 

After all, this type of information is not exactly confidential. An individual can easily look up these details given the resources.

 

4. Use a Password Manager

It can be difficult to remember multiple passwords, especially if they're all long with special characters.

 

Don't want to have to deal with that? Why not use a trusted password manager?

These tools will allow you to store all of your passwords in the cloud, where they are secured with a master password. Take the time to do some research, though—you want to make sure that the program is reputable.

 

Keeping Your Accounts Secure 

It's easy to create a password but it's also easy to crack it if it's not strong enough.

Why not protect your account by setting up something that's secure? You never know when your confidential data might get compromised.

Do you have any other tips? Feel free to share them with us in the comments below!

Kevin Gray
ABOUT THE AUTHOR | Kevin Gray
Hello! I am the Vice President @ EnvisionIT Solutions. | Technology Expert | Author | Speaker | Small & Medium Business IT Support - We founded EnvisionIT Solutions in 2007 to provide IT services and support for business owners/CEOs who value the necessity of technology to drive their success and growth.
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