It’s important to understand why you need a secure password to begin with. After all, you might be thinking, “Who would want to hack my accounts?”
How your password security can be compromised
Solutions to create and manage secure passwords.
First the fun bit.
Use the link below to test the strength and security of the passwords you currently use – click here to try it out
The password I used in the above test was passw0rd, and you can see incredibly it is in the top 540 most used passwords list.
The Password Generator Tool as the name suggest can also create strong passwords for you.
There are a few ways your account passwords can be compromised.
- Someone’s out to get you. There are many people who might want to take a peek into your personal life. If these people know you well, they might be able to guess your e-mail password and use password recovery options to access your other accounts.
- A brute-force attack. ( See my article on hacking.) Whether a hacker attempts to access a group of user accounts or just yours, brute-force attacks are the go-to strategy for cracking passwords. These attacks work by systematically checking all possible passphrases until the correct one is found. If the hacker already has an idea of the guidelines used to create the password, this process becomes easier to execute.
- A data breach is the intentional or unintentional release of secure or private/confidential information to an untrusted environment. Other terms for this phenomenon include unintentional information disclosure, data leak and also data spill. Incidents range from concerted attack by black hats associated with organized crime, political activist or national governments to careless disposal of used computer equipment or data storage
A password manager assists in generating and retrieving complex passwords, potentially storing such passwords in an encrypted database or calculating them on demand.
Free for your favourite device and a premium one for managing passwords on unlimited devices, everywhere you go. $3.33 per month
LastPass remembers all your passwords, so you don’t have to. They have a free version and an upgrade to a premium one for $2 per month
Has a free version and a premium version RoboForm Everywhere. Which includes extra features such as cloud backup. For individual users, this costs US$19.95 per year.
There’s also a RoboForm Everywhere Family Plan for up to five users, which costs US$39.90 per year.
The basic concept is fairly straightforward: to verify that the person logging in isn’t an impostor, ask her or him to provide a shared secret besides the password.
Any time a service like Facebook or Gmail offers “two-step verification,” use it. When enabled, signing in will require you to also enter in a code that’s sent as a text message to your phone. Meaning, a hacker who isn’t in possession of your phone won’t be able to sign in, even if they know your password.
You only have to do this once for “recognised” computers and devices.
At the very least, I would recommend using the Password Generator Tool
to create strong and secure passwords for you.