How many total passwords do you think you have? Five? Ten? Thirty? Now think: How many of the same passwords do you use for entirely different accounts? (Here’s how you can fix that simply and easily.)
Using just one or a handful of passwords over and over seems like a simple solution to password security challenges. And who could blame you — from Frequent Flyer numbers to your brother-in-law’s HBO GO account, you’re probably overloaded with too many passwords.
You’re not alone. According to a 2013 study by Ofcom, more than half (55%) of adult internet users admit they use the same password for most, if not all, websites.
Though it is easier to remember, using the same password for all of your accounts makes it incredibly easy for hackers to get into your accounts. And if that one password is too simple, it’s even easier for other people to access your accounts. You can do better — and we’re here to help. Below are some tips for toughening up your password security.
How to Strengthen Your Password and Make it Secure
In October 2013, Adobe experienced a major security breach that affected over 48 million of its users. Here were the 10 most common passwords cracked from Adobe, followed by the number of users who had that password:
- 123456 – 1,911,938 users
- 123456789 – 446,162 users
- password – 345,834 users
- adobe123 – 211,659 users
- 12345678 – 201,580 users
- qwerty – 130,832 users
- 1234567 – 124,253 users
- 111111 – 113,884 users
- photoshop – 83,411 users
- 123123 – 82,694 users
(“Password”? Really guys?)
But we can’t make too much fun — ours may not be much better. A truly secure password is still more complex than your license plate number or mom’s maiden name appended with her year of birth. Password strength is a function of length, complexity, and unpredictability. Here are some tips from the experts for making your passwords stronger.
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By Mark Fehrenbach 20 Aug 2014
Good suggestions in this article, @WillSherwood.
Another suggestion is to use an easy-to-remember base password (combining letters, numbers, U & lc), then adding the rest of the password based on the website you are on, similar to the one suggestion in the article.
Also, something relatively new to the market are 2nd factor authentication techniques. This is when you confirm that you are the one logging in to a site because you hold a special device that delivers you a number via text or some other method, and you confirm your entry on the spot. This is especially good for mission critical applications. Google has a 2nd factor solution. I’m not terribly impressed with it, but it’s a good idea.
A new service is coming to market soon that I will notify everyone about when the time comes. Stay tuned. 😉
By Rodion Usaev 26 Aug 2014
Over few years I came with a system that seems to works well and be quite easy to remember. I will share it so, may be you can find it useful.
The password consists of 2 parts:
First is the core and it is unchangeable and it is maybe from 4-6 symbols including numbers or signs like “! $ & ?” or others. For this part my recommendation is to add some sense to it, this way it is easier to remember.
The second part is the one that changes for every service or website. You might set a rule, where you write every 2 letters of site name, or first 3 letters, or first and the last.
However, this way your password is from 8 to 12 symbols, it contains symbols and numbers, and it is different for every service, STILL following the logical system which is only known by you.