Many times we have heard of how hackers get their way into several online accounts and stole necessary data and information from the users’ accounts. This was made possible not only with the use of heavy, spying and hacking software- but a simple password used by users are likely guessable and easy to crack, rendering it vulnerable and hence giving them easy access into one’s account, unlike secure passwords.
Why are passwords so easy to hack? Some password related hacks are most likely not beyond our control, as they are part of our own vulnerability. We tend to use passwords, so easy to guess, and most times we keep reusing passwords on multiple websites- the password we use on Facebook is the same as the one we are using for Instagram and Gmail. So it’s quite easy, if the hackers have one of our passwords, they’ve automatically been given access to other accounts too.
To be more sincere, there is really no such thing as an unbreakable password. Hackers who are persistent and skillful enough, and are using sufficiently powerful hardware will always find a way to figure out your credentials. But if you follow a few of these tips to creating a rather strong password, you will be much harder to hack – and thus much safer.
Use combinations of quirky characters
Some sites when creating an account with them mandates one to use combinations of characters for protection from hackers. One of the ways hackers crack passwords is by using sophisticated password-cracking software to test combinations of numbers, letters, and symbols for your credentials. It can require quite a lot of computing power to do, but for shorter passwords, it’s a pretty reliable hacking method.
A typical example of a weird password – Haiti!@*^. The more weird symbols that your password has, the greater number of tries a computer has to take to guess your credentials. And some sites have features that block multiple password attempts, meaning the more complex your password is, the more likely a hacker will get locked out before their software guesses the right code.
Don’t use common words.
Passwords with common and easy-to-guess words are more liable to fall victim to hacking and ill protection. Passwords with simple phrases are the first to fall to increasingly adept password-cracking software. Passwords like “Iloveyou” and “password” are not a dependable line of defense. Avoid using common phrases.
Use different passwords on different accounts
Using the same password for different accounts is an open invitation for hackers to dig-dip into your data. Mix things up to stay safe. Use different easy-to-remember but not easy-to-guess passwords for your accounts.
Use two-factor authentication
Even hackers that have stolen your passwords aren’t going to easily access your accounts if you follow this tip. Two-factor authentication requires you to know something (your password), and to have something (a phone for code verification, for instance).
Gmail’s two-factor authentication is a good example of how this works: after entering your password, Gmail sends a code to your phone, which you then enter for access to your email. Unless hackers have both your password and have stolen your phone, this is a major roadblock.