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Password Strength, Important Or Irrelevant?

Since digital technology has blown up in recent decades, any kind of data that is stored on the internet is frequen...

Password Strength, Important Or Irrelevant?

Since digital technology has blown up in recent decades, any kind of data that is stored on the internet is frequently password protected. Even when you sign up for a new account such as a Facebook or banking account, consumers are often encouraged to have strong passwords.

 

Sometimes companies will not let you have an account with them unless you create a password according to their guidelines. However, only a small percentage of people actually experience password hacks that result in serious consequences such as identity fraud. To a certain extent, there are some people who do not consider strong passwords necessary. Let’s see what the case is for that.

Why They Are Irrelevant

 

If you use a password such as “123456” or one of the 10 most common passwords, it is more than likely you will get hacked by even a novice hacker. However, security industry professionals encourage internet users to have at least 10 characters in a password, including numbers and special characters.

 

The problem with this is that users often forget such passwords, especially if they have a different password for every account. The result is that users often forget them, and resort to writing them down, or worse, storing them in an internet database such as Google Doc or on Evernote.

 

This essentially defeats the purpose of having a strong password. If you accidentally leave a webpage open in a public location with your password information available, anyone can steal it and use it for malicious purposes.

 

Savvy hackers also know to focus their efforts on hacking your accounts with password information. Once they get this they can easily hack your other important accounts, such as your online banking account or social media profile.

 

Not only can hackers use your online information to steal passwords, they can also secretly install malware on your computer to track keystrokes. No matter how strong your password is, keystroke-logging malware will easily provide hackers with your password information.

 

How to Protect Your Information

 

Learning that hackers utilize several methods for retrieving password information can make anyone uneasy. However, there are things you can do to ensure that you have quality passwords and are protected from malicious attacks.

 

Firstly, it is important to make sure that you have a strong password for all of your internet accounts—at least something stronger than “123456.” However, if you are forced to write your password down or store it digitally such as in an Evernote notebook, your password is too strong. It is more important to be able to remember your passwords than it is to have an extraordinarily strong one.

 

Of course, if you have a great memory, then make your password as strong as you want, but just don’t write it down.

 

Additionally, it is important to have different passwords for different websites. If a hacker successfully hacks one of your accounts, he can easily hack others if he employs the same password. If, however, you can develop a method to have different passwords for each of your internet accounts and remember them all, then that is the method you want to use for the most protection.

 

Of course if you have a different password for each of your 40 internet accounts, it would be extremely hard to remember them all and may force you to write some down. It is important to find a balance between using relatively strong passwords, and differentiating them amongst your internet accounts.

 

Finally, it is important to make sure your computer has strong virus and malware protection software. Hackers can easily track your keystrokes if they are permitted malicious access to your machine. Having good protection software will easily help to dispel this issue.

 

 

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