23 August 2015

HOW TO: Generate Secure Password

The typical users tend not to be concerned about their simple passwords, you can't blame them, they have nothing at least their account information. However, as the technology emerges at beyond reasonably innovative, people these days rather choose internet to transact business or purchase or sell products or services.

Whether you like it or not, SECURE password is a TOP priority. But also, even a certain user thinks its well-confident password, it does not necessarily mean it cannot be compromised or hacked.

Well, at least with those secure(combination of numbers, alphabets, and special characters) passwords roughly hard to hack or crack.

Encryption: Image: www.wired.co.uk
What is Password?

Password is a piece of word, string used to verify or prove the identity of the user to gain full access.

Way back in ancient times, people already used passwords to enter or pass the area. In today's time, usernames and passwords are commonly used to access by log-in process. Passwords can be used in websites, computers, ATMs, Mobile phones, etc. However, by just adding passwords do not fully protect the user's account. 

According to SplashData, the following passwords are the worst passwords in 2013.

SplashData's "Worst Passwords of 2013":

RankPasswordChange from 2012
1123456Up 1
2passwordDown 1
4qwertyUp 1
5abc123Down 1
7111111Up 2
81234567Up 5
9iloveyouUp 2
11123123Up 5
14letmeinDown 7
17monkeyDown 11
19sunshineDown 5
21password1Up 4
24trustno1Down 12

In addition, SplashData's top 25 listed-above were compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online during the previous year. Try to see if you have common in the lists.

Interestingly, xato, provided a great statistical data 
  • 4.7% of users have the password password;
  • 8.5% have the passwords password or 123456;
  • 9.8% have the passwords password, 123456 or 12345678;
  • 14% have a password from the top 10 passwords
  • 40% have a password from the top 100 passwords
  • 79% have a password from the top 500 passwords
  • 91% have a password from the top 1000 passwords

How Secure is your Password?
In order to fully test if you are using low-secure password: try this website:

how secure is my password
Screenshot: https://howsecureismypassword.net/
The additional good thing about this website is it displays time to crack the password using desktop. You can check and try it anyway.

How To Generate Secure Password

If you have noticed on the SplashData's "Worst Passwords of 2013", the passwords were actually simple: just plain letters, series of numbers, no symbols and combination of letters and numbers.

To generate secure password, you need to combine your favorite numbers, characters, and symbols.

  • abc123$
If you want randomly secure passwords, you can check these websites that generate passwords:
Customizable its password length, able to choose case-sensitive, add up numbers and special characters.

The user can also avoid ambiguous characters, select digit count, and require every character.
lastpass generate password
Screenshot: LastPass
secure password generator
Screenshot: http://passwordsgenerator.net/
Advantage: It has a comprehensive option for securing passwords.

random generate simple password

TIP: Use password Manager
One of the best ways to ensure that users use unique and strong passwords for each website is to use a password manager:
How to Prevent from being Hacked through Phishing, Brute Force, or Social Engineering Tactics

1. While most of us, use same password in different websites, this is not secure. Experts say, don't use same password in multiple "Important" accounts. Accounts that primarily use in business, should not be use in other websites.

2. Most websites promptly recommend to use at least 6-8 characters. To be more protected, it is advisable to use at least 15 characters which consist of numbers, uppercase, and special symbol.

3. One of the common ways to remember passwords is to use similarly with the usernames.

  • Username: JohnDoe
  • Password: DoeJohn123
Do not use same names with the usernames. Also, less the usage any family members, friends, or pets.

4. Sometimes, birthdate or places passwords are way too better to remember. However, this idea of password can easily be compromised.

5. Brute force attack uses dictionary recursively until it filled up correct password, therefore, don't use any dictionary word password.

With the SplashData's top 25 worst passwords, you will notice some dictionary words used.

6. If you are using your OWN PC, mobile, or laptop, you can still store your passwords. But be aware that it can be hacked through some malware. Take precautions.

7. Spam messages are funny sometimes. Why? They will ask you for the account information which in the first place you didn't register. 

8. 2-way authentication is a great feature. Two-way because it add password and a PIN-code-like usually be received in mobile numbers.

9. Protect your system with up-to-date firewall and antivirus applications.

10. Trust applications or services whenever possible like iCloud or Dropbox.

Meme Bites
Probably, I will use "Incorrect" password.

How secure your password is?


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