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The Password You Need to Stay Safe Online

The Password You Need to Stay Safe Online

by Adam
November 10, 2022

67% of people around the world use less than 10 passwords for different accounts. 68% of people have used a password that they have easily found on the internet. 68% of people are reusing their passwords, putting their privacy at risk. Passwords protect our computers, mobile devices, personal data access, and privacy. Hackers can spend varying amounts of time attempting to crack a password depending on its strength. As a result, strong passwords are essential. 

Now that we have established a hybrid working mode, there is an increased need for multiple passwords to generate. Password managers are becoming increasingly popular as they secure your password by making it long, strong, and difficult to crack. This blog will look into how to create strong passwords, and how AI can help create stronger passwords.

Password manager

What is a password manager?

A password manager is an app that generates complex passwords and stores them in an encrypted format. The advantages are that it autofills passwords and can suggest different levels of password strength; users do not need to memorise or record passwords. Users should only have access to one password account at a time. In other words, a user only needs to remember one password to gain access to all passwords. The password manager unlocks the vault containing all of the other passwords with a single password entry. The disadvantage is that all passwords are stored in one location.

Two-step verification

What is two-step verification?

A two-step verification/multi-factor authentication/two-factor authentication consists of having a password and another step in order to access the account. It is a program that generates a code in addition to a password. It is important to remember the initial settings that you create for the first registration, because if those settings are changed, the generated code will simply not be recognized by the account you are attempting to access.

What are the types of password attacks?

As often as that, 4 out of 10 people have had their data compromised online. Here are different kinds of password attacks to bear in mind:

Phishing scam

A phishing scam is a type of social engineering attack in which a user is tricked into sharing login credentials. It is usually accomplished by disseminating a malicious link that redirects to a cloned page.

Password spraying

Password spraying is a technique used to guess a potential victim’s password. It is simply a method of testing for a password that matches a username.

Dictionary attacks

Dictionary attacks are techniques in which hackers use malicious programs to try every word in a dictionary as a password. This is why it is critical to use a variety of letters and symbols in a password.

Keylogging

Keylogging is a technique in which a user unknowingly downloads malware that tracks the user’s keystrokes as they type on a computer. The solution is to install good antivirus software on any device that could pose a threat.

How to create a strong password?

    1. Avoid using personal information. Avoid using personal information such as names, birthdays, phone numbers, or addresses.
    2. Use a variety of letters and symbols. Randomise the pattern of your password with different characters, letters, and symbols, including testing a different length of a password. 
    3. Avoid reusing existing passwords. It leaves your accounts vulnerable. Use different passwords for different accounts.
    4. Never share your passwords.
    5. Update your passwords regularly. 

If you have been the victim of identity theft, you may be concerned about how to protect yourself in the future. One of the best ways you can protect yourself is by using a password manager, be aware of new cyber security trends and stay updated. We hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have questions about how you can improve your cyber security, contact us.

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