The problem with most internet services is that your password is not encrypted, meaning only you as the user could decrypt the password and access the services.
Conventional cloud storage providers and nearly every service we use online, typically do not encrypt your data, and if they do, they most certainly have access to those files as well as user personal information such as passwords.
Instead of granting access to cloud storage firms, ad agencies, governments, and possible hackers, most companies should begin deploying zero-knowledge cloud security solutions when it comes to accessibility, in which only the user has access to his or her files/data.
Keep in mind, however, that with tremendous power comes great responsibility. Although you may use two-factor authentication (2FA) on most services, you must still select a strong password for your account to avoid being compromised.
Here are some ideas for building a strong password that is exceedingly tough to crack and hence we ask ourselves – what is it that makes a strong password so strong?
Avoid Using Simple Passwords
Your password will be easier to guess or crack if it is shorter and less complex.
Hackers can try to guess user passwords via brute force attacks. They attempt as many password combinations as they can, and often, those that are most susceptible (common) are discovered first. Be sure to combine letters, numbers, and special characters to avoid this.
In addition, hackers utilize a technique called “dictionary attack“, in which they attempt various combinations of widely used words and standard character replacements (such as “$” in place of “S”) in an effort to guess user passwords.
The Best Way to Make Safe Passwords
Now that you are aware that complicated passwords are necessary, how complex should they be? The recommendations listed below will help you make sure your password is as strong and safe as it can be.
The following are the best methods for making safe passwords:
- A password should have at least 8 characters.
- A password should be made up of a mixture of characters, numbers, and letters.
- You shouldn’t use the same password for several accounts.
- There shouldn’t be any consecutive letters or digits in a password.
- The term “password” or repeated letters or numbers shouldn’t be used as a password.
- Any sensitive information about you (the user), such as your address or phone number, shouldn’t be included in your password. It’s also preferable to avoid including any information that may be found on social media, such as the names of children or pets.
- A password shouldn’t be physically written down and kept in a location where it may be discovered.
Prerequisites for Complexity
You’re still unsure of how challenging your passwords should be. Below are Terrapixel’s unique password requirements for the whole organization:
1. The length of the password must be at least eight characters.
2. All four of the following character sets must be present in the password:
- Uppercase letters (A through Z)
- Lowercase letters (a through z)
- Base 10 numbers (0–9)
- Non-alphanumeric characters, such as!, $, #, or %
3. The account name of the user does not appear three times in a row in the password.
4. There are no private or corporate details in the password.
5. The password must be enabled for lockouts:
- Accounts are locked for a minimum of five minutes.
- Set the account lockout threshold to at least 50 unsuccessful tries.
- After five minutes, reset the account lockout counter.
Enter a different password each and every time.
Not many services use the same security precautions that Terrapixel does. This implies that if you use the same password for Facebook, Terrapixel Service, and a low-reputation website, the attacker may be able to access your Terrapixel account by discovering your password on another website where the same password was used (see this or this for further proof).
Do you have difficulties memorizing or remembering all of your different passwords? To keep all of your various passwords, you might also want to consider utilizing a secure password manager.
Try a New Password!
Still unsure about how difficult or complex your password is? Or perhaps you’ve ran out of ideas for passwords that you wish to change or modify on a regular basis (which you should do). Before you trust your new passwords to protect your sensitive data, test them using a reliable and secure password checker to see how strong they actually are. There are many online services, however we at Terrapixel are working on a free service that will provide the same.
To evaluate, assess, and enhance your passwords, you will be able to use our safe and cost-free password checker. With our tool, you’ll be able to quickly:
- Make sure your passwords are strong overall.
- Examine your password’s complexity and character combinations to make sure it is unique.
- Show the estimated time needed to crack your password.
- Verify that your password satisfies all standards for strong passwords.
Additional Free Tools for Privacy
As was said earlier, it’s crucial to make sure your password is maintained securely to prevent it from being exposed as a result of a virus attack or data breach. There are great password managers to manage your data securely.
God speed! Also, refrain from using the password “1234” at all costs. We hope that is a given after reading this.