How to craft a password meticulously

In today’s digital landscape, many online service providers offer the convenience of using a single password across multiple services. A prime example of this is Google, which allows users to access various platforms like Gmail, Drive, Google Photos, Maps, Sheets, and more with a single login. In this era of interconnected digital services, the art of creating a strong password has become paramount, as a single misjudgment can expose an innocent online user to potential hacking threats.

Here are some valuable tips for crafting a robust and cybersecure password:

1.) Resist Predictability: Gone are the days when hackers relied on basic personal details like birthdates, favorite foods, or colors to guess an individual’s password. Modern cybercriminals employ Artificial Intelligence-powered software to streamline this process. Such tools employ vast datasets, including common phrases, foods, birthdates, and color combinations, to rapidly deduce passwords through permutations and combinations. Therefore, it’s crucial to avoid passwords that are easily guessable, such as the names of celebrities or favorite sports teams.

2.) Opt for Passphrases: Consider using a passphrase as your password—a combination of words that is memorable for you but challenging for cybercriminals to crack. For example, “ilikechickennoodles” is a passphrase that is easy for you to recall but highly unlikely for a hacker to predict.

3.) Length Matters: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommends creating passwords that are between 18 to 60 characters in length. However, excessively long passwords like a Bitcoin token might be difficult to enter accurately and may result in errors. NIST also advises allowing spaces between words and the use of special characters, as this greatly increases the time it takes for a threat actor to guess your password.

4.) Avoid Frequent Changes: Contrary to some conventional wisdom, frequently changing your password by just altering a character or interchanging a few characters can be counterproductive. It’s often more effective to maintain a consistent but strong password.

5.) Utilize a Password Manager: Password managers, while valuable for personal use, may not be suitable for enterprise-level security needs. Threat actors have demonstrated the capability to exploit vulnerabilities in password manager software to access sensitive information.

6.) Implement Multi-Factor Authentication: Relying solely on a password does not guarantee the security of your account. Using multi-factor authentication, which involves receiving a passcode through email, text messages, or a dedicated app, is an effective way to fortify your data security.

7.) Steer Clear of Common Passwords: Avoid using easily guessable passwords, such as “123456,” “iloveyou,” “qwerty,” common names of politicians, sports figures, or Hollywood celebrities, and the names of football teams. These passwords can be cracked within seconds by experienced hackers.

By following these guidelines, you can significantly enhance your online security and reduce the risk of unauthorized access to your accounts and personal information.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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