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All About Passwords

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Technology has improved a lot and it would be good if it is used for some beneficial purposes. But some people are using it wrongly like website hacking, account cracking and so on. Passwords play a vital role in protecting your valuable data.  So you should be very careful in creating and maintaining the strong passwords for your email, social and bank accounts. Hope this post would help you to create strong password for your all types of accounts.

Securing passwords

Why strong passwords are important?

While going out of the home, we take care of its security by using the best and multiple locks isn’t it?  Why? Our home has valuable things which need to be protected from robbers. Like the same, using strong passwords for all types of your online and bank accounts are most important to guard it from hackers as it might contain some valuable information.

Password plays a vital role in the digital age and everyone is using it to manage different types of accounts. Many people are using poor passwords like names, date of birth, nick name, numbers 1-10 which are easily predictable. Passwords can be cracked in variety of ways, let’s read some ways below.

In short, Passwords like underwear,
Secure Your Passwords

  • Change Yours Often.
  • Do Not Share Them With Anyone.
  • Be Mysterious.
  • The Longer The Better.
  • Do Not Leave Yours Lying Around.

!So Keep your password hidden from everyone!

Did you know how passwords are stolen?

Due to insecure passwords, many bank accounts and email accounts have been successfully broken by the special programs designed for it and viruses and by guessing the weak passwords.

  1. Programs are available which run every word in the dictionary against the username to find the match. This is called Dictionary-based attacks.

  2. Programs designed to try with the combination of key strokes together with the username to find the password. This process is called Bruce force attack.

  3. While you enter your username and password in cybercafé or public library, hackers might watch it closely.

  4. You might get phishing emails or messages asking for your personal details including your password and you might respond to it.

  5. Intended programs can be used to find the common passwords like birth date, pet name etc. These guessing programs could search for a previous spelled word.

Some Password Statistics

  • Number of online accounts that an average user has: 25
  • Number of passwords that an average user has: 6.5
  • % of US consumers that use 1-2 password across all sites: 66%
  • Number of times an average user login per day: 8
  • Average password length: 8
  • Most commonly used password: password1
  • % of users that use personally meaningful words: 54.9%
  • % of users that use the ‘Remember my password’ function: 28.6%
  • % of users that write down their password: 15%
  • Average time users maintain the same password: 31 months.

Source of the statistics:-

Microsoft, cnet, Gartner, SURL

Tips to create strong password (How to create strong password?):-

Creating secure passwords for all your accounts would help to prevent the password cracking. Here are some tips which allow you to create strong password.

  1. Create the password with longer length; at least with more than 8 characters. The longer the password, the more safety account.

  2. Add some numbers and special characters to the password alphabets.

  3. Mix meaning less words, numbers and symbols to generate a strong password.

  4. Practice a pass phrase password with blank space or hyphen like “My favourite and lucky number is 5 and 7” or its short form like “mfalni5a7” or I-love-to-write.

  5. Just a combination of upper and lowercase alphabets in a particular format.


What not to do when creating the password:

As it is vital to protect your account with a good password, it would be good if you are not using any of the password creating type listed below


  1. Same as username, combination of username and the numbers 123 or part of your username.

  2. Consecutive numbers or alphabets like “12345” and “abcde” or in reverse sequence.

  3. Personal information like phone number, house number, date of birth, vehicle number, nick name and close friend name etc.

  4. Dictionary or foreign words, proper nouns, doubling up a single word and simple reverse words.

  5. With the word password like “123password”, “passwordabcd” and so on.


Additional tips to use your password safely:-

  1. Practice to have different passwords for your different accounts and change it often.

  2. Password cache in the windows is not secure, so avoid enabling the “save password” option.

  3. Never write down the password or share it to anyone.

  4. Don’t send the passwords through mails, phone messages or other unsecured channel.

  5. Using the clear or familiar phrases or proverbs should be avoided.


Still you are not compromised with the listed tips and need more protection to your accounts, try these following effective tips.

Effective tips to create strong password:-

1. Use Keyboard Pattern:

You can create strong passwords by patterns. If password “TTW.com@7890″ then create a password as “YYE/vp,#890-“

Basic concept behind this is, enter the immediate key to the right, what you wanted your password to be (just check the keyboard pattern):-

T -> Y
T ->Y
W -> E
. -> /
c -> v
o ->p
m ->,
@ -> #
7 -> 8
8 -> 9
9 -> 0
0 -> -

One can have numerous patters for creating a very strong password, you took 1 key to the right, and it could be 2 keys to the right or 1 key to the left, anything.

2. Key logger Protection:

If you need to protect the passwords from key loggers, then try this one; say your password is “TTW.com”; then you can write the following text on the notepad as “TWETdEW45.$cgto$5mHR”. Now you should copy paste 1-1 character in password field. By this, it will be almost impossible for a key logger to track your password.

3. Use Password tools:

  • Use Diceware (http://world.std.com/~reinhold/diceware.html) to create strong passphrase password

  • Microsoft test site (https://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/password-checker.aspx?WT.mc_id=Site_Link) is a password strength checker which can be used to check the strength of the created password.

  • Use password manager tools like Lastpass and Keypass to store the passwords as it encrypt the password to keep safe and to automatically fill at any website.

  • Try the password generator tool like Wolfram Alpha to create secured passwords.


Some strong password examples:

ExcellentBad
L!i@o#n$t%i^g&e*rliontiger
M1e2r3la4nmerlyn
I-love-to-eat-sweetsIlovesweets
Mmffirad(my fav.food is roti and dhal)rotianddhal
1$2&3)41234

Conclusion:

Strong password is one that is informal to remember and difficult to guess. As the password allows you to access important accounts like bank, credit card and email, it is essential to create strong passwords to protect your valuable information. If you don’t care to create the strong password, then your treasured account would be cracked by hackers or scammers.

Just practice to complex passwords with some special characters for your computer and online accounts. Create a unique password for every website where you access the data. Fill with difficult answers while answering to the security question of password creation to make the hackers tough to predict your password. Be sure to log-off properly from the websites you are accessing and alter its passwords frequently.

Use these password creation and protection tips effectively and protect your valuable online and computer accounts from hackers. How you used to create passwords for your various accounts?

Suggest or share some unique techniques here to create the strong password.

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38 Responses to "All About Passwords"

  1. Neulabs says:

    Hey Atish, very nice post on maintaining passwords………….. Yes you are very true as passwords are our the key to go through our secrets and it is very important to be careful with the passwords.

    • Ron says:

      I think most people want passwords that are easily remembered and that they can enter quickly so your tips on easy passwords (with the code) is a great idea! Having multiple sites that I HAVE to make sure are safe I save my passwords OFF my computer and just plug in and find whichever one I need and then unplug right away so that my passwords can’t be hacked. This is not to say it can NEVER happen, but it is less likely. Also making sure to always log out and not just close a window. Thanks for the tips!
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      • Thanks Ron,

        good to know your idea of plugging in and plugging out the source where you keep your passwords safe. Other thing you have said that not just closing the windows rather log out from everywhere before shutting down your system, this is one of the great tips. Thanks, keep coming Ron.

  2. Ravi Verma says:

    Great article Atish !!!

    You have just covered all about the password as the title of the post says. Very pleased to read about it.
    Personally speaking I didn’t know how they hackers use to crack the passwords. But your guide about the method enhanced my knowledge about it.

    The password can be secures by applying the method in the reverse :D. I mean to avoid the ways that may generate insecure passwords.

    Thanks for sharing the valuable information !!!
    Regards
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  3. Hi Atish,

    Awesome guide indeed :)

    I think you mentioned everything there is to know about passwords in this one post of yours! I agree, the stronger your password the safer you are.

    But it’s really a problem to remember the various passwords you use, if you have different ones at different places, which you should have, because some people tend to use the same one on all sites. I usually have them all noted in a notepad and change them every 2-3 weeks, and if I ever lose that notepad, I’ve had it!

    Yes indeed, a combination of alphabets, numbers, and characters works well, and though people use software and other sites also that tend to remind them of their passwords, I’ve never tried things that way as yet. I wonder how that works.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)
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    • You are right that it becomes difficult when you have to access the website from other PC but you can keep as some pattern as I have mentioned in the post which lets you help remember them. I don’t know about others but I remember all my passwords. I can forget to remember my phone number but cannot forget passwords :P. Thanks for stopping by Harleena. Keep coming.

  4. sandy says:

    ya i agree with you atish, passwords will play definitely a vital role in keeping data, combination of all mixed case letters including numbers and special symbols will help to secure data from data, any how thanks for share this valuable information
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  5. Hii Atish Bhai,

    Great Article for Password Protecting tips.

    You have mentioned here everything and give us so many other Ideas so that we can protect ourselves from the hackers.

    I agree if we use multiple special characters between a simple meaningful text then it also gives us protection but everytime it’s difficult to remember all passwords at a time.

    I use a special Diary just to note down all passwords in a single place and even try to change my passwords often..

    Well, Thanks for tips! :)
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  6. Nirmala says:

    Nice post to create the strong passwords Atish :)

    Hope it covers all the effective ways and nothing is missing.

    Am always lazy to change my passwords for my email and bank accounts, but will do it properly hereafter.

    Thanks for the alert post, keep writing the useful information like this :)
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  7. Hi Atish, excellect post about passwords, you covered everything about passwords. . I usually don’t change passwords often and i use 2-step authenticator for Gmails . . . Thanks for sharing :)

  8. raman says:

    atish your article on generating strong passwords is good but how can we remember these passwords.Because as a blogger point of you every day we register for many websites.So could you give any suggestions for that?
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    • You don’t need to choose this much strong passwords for the blogging communities and normal social bookmarking sites but when you duse FB, email, internet banking then you have to be very careful while choosing good passwords. So, where you have more security concern there you should opt this kind of stronger passwords. By making patterns it is easy to remember bro. Its just a matter of fact that if you want to secure your confidential online accounts then you have to sweat a little to remember the passwords. thanks for stopping by Raman. keep coming.

  9. Raj Kumar says:

    Wow. Excellent detailed post on password . Still many e-users don’t know what a phishing page looks like ! Which results in hacking their fb profiles , twitter accounts and also ebanking accounts !
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  10. divankar says:

    Thanks for guide us to save on hacker. i will change my password today and i try a strong pasword

  11. Hey Atish,
    Very well written article, I get some important idea for implementation.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  12. Susan Neal says:

    Hi Atish – great tips. My personal preference now is to use a password manager – I use LastPass and don’t know what I’d do without it. I used to create pretty strong passwords out of a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols, based around my own secret code, but it was such an effort remembering them and I’d usually end up writing them down somewhere, which I know you’re not supposed to do – but whose memory’s good enough to remember all those passwords? I think a password manager like LastPass is definitely the safest and easiest solution – and it makes logging into all your sites an absolute breeze :)
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    • Good to know about how you manage to remember passwords. And you use a good way of choosing passwords with the combination of lowercase, upecase and special characters, good to go. Thanks for reading and dropping your comment here Sue.

  13. Susan Neal says:

    PS Loved the underwear analogy, Atish – very funny :)
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  14. Pinki says:

    Hai Atish,
    Your article is so useful for everyone. In todays world hackers are hacking websites day by day. The only solution is we make a strong alphanumeric password that no body hack our email id or sites etc.

  15. Emmanuel says:

    Hi Atish,
    This is one comprehensive post I’ve read with regards to passwords. Come on, that was a great work done!
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  16. i make password using complicated combinations with every type of character that one can never think about ,but it is also beneficial to use on screen keyboard while login on any important accounts to protect yourself from password theft ,i always use a onscreen keyboard while login to my bank account
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  17. Davinder says:

    my hosting always got hacked i dont know why i always use strong password by password generator like something ie ( dsaf_#%$&&#*(9 ) then how hackers stole my password?

  18. YourFriend says:

    Nothing is 100% Secure but here are some tips that can get your 99.99% Secure.

    Your password should not be related to your personality, such as your birth date or cell phone number etc. (For avoiding Social Engineering Attacks)

    Your password should be long and contain complex combinations of special characters.(For avoiding bruteforcing Attacks)

    Your password should not be like a default one , such as 123456 , abc123,admin321 etc. (For avoiding Dictionary Attacks)

    Don’t install anything from non-trusted source. Always download softwares from their official websites. Always keep your windows updated and try to install the best Anti Virus if possible on your computer. (To avoid getting infected by a Keylogger,RAT or an Istealer)

    How to create a Strong Password?
    http://geekfellows.com/how-to-create-a-strong-password/

  19. Wow, don’t know much about passwords before, thanks for sharing this information.

  20. Melinda says:

    I want to thank you for posting out just how many people aren’t aware of how “weak” their passwords are. In a world where hackers are getting better and better, we have to be wary of our passwords.

  21. Hello Atish,

    I know it’s very important to use strong, secure and unique passwords for each of your online accounts that’s why I always keep an email folder for login information.

    I send myself an email with the username and password and use the website name for the subject title to my alternative email address.

    That way I can find the information quickly :)

    Thanks for a marvelous posting!
    I’d like to look more posts like this. Keep writing such kind of information on your blog :)
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