Don’t Recycle Passwords
Most of us are pretty active on the web these days. You are either sharing your latest gourmet recipes on the popular social networks, shopping online, or commenting on your favorite blog. To go along with all those online accounts, you probably share a handful of passwords across all of these pages.
If you are recycling passwords, you are making your data accounts vulnerable to hackers. There has been a large increase of high profile attacks on public networks and databases in recent years, and the trend is increasing, rather than the other way around. You have to take password security serious. And trust us, it’s not as tedious as it seems. Especially, if you are taking advantage of a free password manager offered by Norton.
It only takes one account to be hacked for other accounts with the same log-in details to be compromised. While the cracking of a big public database that houses our account details isn’t something the average consumer we can defend against, there are steps you can take to ensure your passwords are both strong and unique to limit any negative effects.
Making sure that an unearthed password only grants access to one account should be the aim. But individually, the best password would be one that could never be guessed. Unfortunately with enough time all passwords can be just that, so the trick is to increase the amount of time it would take. We can do that with the following tips:
- Longer passwords are better: If a criminal is trying the widely favoured brute force attack – a systematic search of matching characters and numbers targeting plausible patterns – the longer the password, the longer it will take to match.
- Avoid using dictionary words: It’s going to be more difficult for a criminal to match words that don’t exist, or characters replaced with special symbols such as &, @, $ or %.
- Use upper and lower case characters along with numbers, punctuation marks or other symbols: the more varied the password the better, after all ‘Password123′ is nowhere near as strong as ‘P@55w0rd!ze’.
Each of these tips will help make a stronger password, but it’s still crucial not to use the same password for multiple accounts. Undeniably that would be far safer than reusing the same password over and over again, but the idea of repeating even a certain part of a password still isn’t ideal. The best way to secure each account on its own is simply to have completely unique or random mixed-character passwords for each one. However, you then need to remember them.
To resolve both issues help is available. You can generate random passwords meeting your own criteria of length, numbers, punctuation and more by using the Norton Identity Safe Password Generator. This will provide you with complex and totally random passwords that are hard to guess or crack.
For the issue of remembering passwords, use a secure password manager like Identity Safe will save you some suffering as it securely stores all of your passwords and login details in the cloud. That way only you have access to your random passwords, and can avoid the inconvenience of constantly having to reset passwords… The password for Identity Safe is then the only one you’ll need to remember.