Creating secure hack proof strong email password is something that I will be covering in this post. I will also share some tips on securing your email accounts with a strong passwords.
We live in a world where we are connected to people mostly via social platforms. To login to any of these platforms an email account and password is required.
Even though you are not on social platforms, you still own a bank account, email account etc. All of these needs a password which allows you to access your data.
The first step in securing your email account is using strong and unique password.
So what’s the perfect or hack proof password that I can choose ?. Another common question is how do i remember so many passwords ?.
There is nothing like a perfect password. There are some tools that generate strong passwords. Passwords managers are helpful in remembering your passwords.
You could use them but change the passwords regularly. First of all you need to understand the difference between a Strong passwords, Medium passwords and Weak passwords.
Strong passwords vs Medium passwords vs Weak passwords
Weak Password – Consists of lowercase characters. Example – password. These are the short passwords that might be your name, DOB, combination of name and your year of birth etc.
Most of the people also choose passwords from dictionary, choose pet names, travel destinations etc. Therefore choosing a weak password allows hackers to guess and crack the password very easily. The good part here is the email providers won’t accept the weak passwords anymore.
Medium Password– Medium passwords are usually mix of characters and numbers. Example – Passw0rd. They are lengthier than weak passwords (1 – 7 characters).
However medium passwords are not hack proof. There are few applications that accept medium passwords but have a habit of changing the passwords at least every 2 months or so. Adding some more mix of special characters and numbers to medium password will make it secure.
Strong Password – It’s a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, symbols, and even non-keyboard characters. Example – Pa$$w0rd@2017!.
Strong passwords are unique passwords and more than eight characters in length. This makes it difficult for hackers who typically use a tool to crack the passwords.
The tool checks for the password from the dictionary files used as a source. Most of all change your password regularly.
Tips for Creating Secure Hack Proof Strong Email Password
Let’s look at some of the tips for creating secure hack proof strong email password. Note these tips are also applicable to any password and not confined to only email passwords.
- Never share your email account password to anyone.
- Do not store your passwords in a notepad, sticky note or anywhere.
- Keep changing your password regularly.
- Always use multi-factor authentication if available.
- Use the strong password for all your email accounts.
- Ensure your device is secure before logging in to email account.
- Do not click on suspicious links. If asked to changed password, DON’T.
- Use different passwords for different email accounts.
- Beware of tools that steal your passwords when connected to free wireless networks.
- Passwords managers are great alternatives to store your passwords. Choose the tools wisely.