-This article used to be called ‘Account Security’. It was changed due to confusion. This guide is solely about setting a good password-
Setting a good password to use may seem like quite a task to the less computer literate. But a password does not need to be difficult to remember to be a secure one. In this guide there are two easy ways in which to set a strong password, and they will be fully explained in hope that the information would be passed easily to others.
Method One –Passphrase
While it might seem too simple to do, using a sentence is actually quite an effective way of setting a good password, should the service you are signing up for allow long passwords. For the password to work, you are looking at having at least three words, with spaces in between.
I have chosen the weather is sunny today – for obvious reasons.
It’s as easy as that! There is my password. If you wanted to make it even better, capitalise some of the words.
Why does this work?
This works because of the sheer amount of characters in the password. My example is 26 characters long, including spaces. This makes it very hard for any hacker to crack.
Method Two – Item, Age and a Hash sign.
This is probably the most secure way in which to set a password. What you are looking for is a random object in your room to use. For this example I will be using my armchair. You need to jumble up the letters a bit, to get something that makes no sense.
I came up with marcrhai.
Take your age. We’re going to make you younger by a few years. I am going to make myself five years younger, which is 13. Add this on to the end of your made-up word.
My example is marcrhai13.
To ensure your password is properly secure, we are going to add on some symbols. I will add two hashes (##) to the end of my password.
I’ve now got marcrhai13## – a very secure password which is fairly easy to remember.
Why does this work?
It works because when hackers try and use brute force to gain access to something, they use a dictionary-style tool that attempts to break the password by trying different words/numbers. By jumbling up the word, we are removing it from the possibility of being in any dictionary. The numbers and symbols further the security, and overall combine to make a strong password.
If you follow these two simple methods, and apply a little common sense, you should greatly reduce the chances of getting your accounts hacked.