Generate a strong, secured and random password
A strong password is effective against guessing, dictionary or brute-force attacks.
Its strength is measured by the number of trails an attacker will need to guess the password who don't have direct access to it.
How to create a stronger and Secured password?
The best practices for creating a strong and secured passwords are:
- Create your password of minimum 16 characters. Security sensitive passwords are recommended to be longer. Longer password is more safer.
- A password should have the combination of Uppercase letters, Lowercase letters, Numbers and Alphanumeric characters.
- Passowrds should be uniqe to all systems and sites. Multiple websites should not use same password.
- A password should use dictionary words which is easy to guess. Dictionary words creates high chance of Dictionary attack
- A password shouldn’t include any of the user’s personal information like their ID card Number, Social Security Number, address, place of birth, date of birth, year of passing some exam, or phone number etc.
- A password shouldn’t include part of your name, your friend’s name, your family member’s name, or a common name. It’s also best not to include any information that can be accessed on social media like kids’ or pets’ names.
- A password shouldn’t contain any consecutive letters or numbers.
- A password shouldn’t contain keyboard pattern, such as qwerty, asdfghjkl, or 12345678.
- A password shouldn’t be the word “password” or the same letter or number repeated.
- Turn on 2-step authentication whenever possible.
- Change your current password within 12 weeks
- Never share your password or allow others to work in a system or site by logging in with your password
- Do not let your Web browsers( FireFox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, IE, Microsoft Edge ) to store your passwords, since all passwords saved in Web browsers can be revealed easily.
- Some of worst password examples are: 123456, password, 12345, 12345678, football, qwerty, 1234567890, 1234567, princess, 1234, login, welcome, solo, abc123, admin, 121212, flower, passw0rd, dragon, sunshine, master, hottie, loveme, zaq1zaq1, password1
How to Know If Someone Has Stolen Your Identity
Microsoft Regional Director Troy Hunt runs a website called Have I Been Pwned, which allows people to see if their username or email address has been involved in a known data breach. if you get results from a site that you don't use, it just means someone else uses the same username.