Think back to the time you’ve bought your first computer. If you didn’t have any sibling or intrusive parents, the chances are that you were oblivious to want it meant to set up a password. Times changed, Internet access got cheaper, and everyone’s exploring the wonders of Internet. But what happens to the stuff store on your computer? Are they secure?
Well, probably the first rule of browsing the Internet is setting up passwords for all your stuff, starting with the OS, and all the way up to your mail or social media account. A password is not optional anymore – it’s something you must do to secure the data stored on your device.
But how can you tell if the password or passwords you’ve chosen are good or bad? Well, many online security forums and article say that the best way to ensure that your device is well protected against hackers is to choose a hard to guess the password, which usually contains a combination of alpha-numeric characters, as well as upper and lower case letters.
However, a password which contains all those elements are quite hard to type, and it’s especially frustrating to type in a long password when you’re in a hurry. Sadly, this leads to people getting sloppy and choosing random and easy to memorize passwords, which can put their systems at risk.
Probably the best solution to make sure your system is protected and to remember those passwords is to get a password manager such as LastPass, which secures all your stuff using a master key.
Now, what are do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing a password? First of all, don’t go for the obvious. We know that if you want to hide something, hide it in plain sight, but this doesn’t work on hackers. Stuff like “1234” or “qwerty” are some of the easiest to guess passwords.
The second rule of setting up a strong passkey is to use a combination or lower case and upper case letter and some numbers – we know it may be hard to remember, but it’s for your own good.
The third rule of setting up a password is never to assume that hackers only target big companies. Hackers will attack any system that presents a vulnerability, regardless if it’s your mother’s personal computer or Bill Gate’s office PC.
Now, the last golden rule, and the most, obvious, of course, is to change your passwords regularly – this includes social media passcodes, e-mail passwords, and OS login passwords.
And now, for your delight, here some of the cleverest passwords some owners used to protect their devices in 2016.
Before we go, we want to tell you a little joke. A computer user who wanted to set a password for his new computer. There were so many choices, but all of them either sounded strange or were way too long to memorize. And so, the user decided to set “Invalid” as his passcode. Now, every time he types the wrong password into the field, his computer your say “The Password is Invalid.”
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