How to create a strong password?

Well, in today’s world, where everything is online, you need to take active steps to ensure the safety and security of your online accounts, assets, and other things. And, one of the first steps to secure your online accounts is to use a strong password.

However, surprisingly, while most people know the importance of a strong password, still – two in three people admit that they have weak, easy-to-guess passwords for many of their online accounts.

Here’s how you can create a strong password … 

If you are one among them, here are a few tips to create a super strong security pin within minutes –

  • Never use a sequential series

Avoid using sequential series such as 123 or ABC or XYZ – it is one of the easiest to guess passwords and is also vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Many applications might not even allow you to keep such a password since they understand how vulnerable it can be for your account.

  • Use at least 8 characters 

Well, the longer your password, the safer it is; however, even, if you cannot remember very long passwords, at least aim to have 8 characters in your password. It will make it more secure than a simple 4- or 5-character password which can be cracked with simple, online tools.

  • Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters 

Use a few uppercase and a few lowercase letters to create your security pin. It adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. Also, consider adding at least one special character.

  • Do not include your name or date of birth in your password 

The biggest mistake that people make while choosing a password is to include their name and/or date of birth. Many even simply use their date of birth alone as a password. Your personal information such as name and DOB is easily available across the internet courtesy of your social profiles and other things. Hence, it can be cracked easily. Avoid using it in your password.

  • Avoid reusing your passwords as much as possible 

Whenever you change your security pin, always try to choose a new one. Don’t choose and reuse an old password. Avoid reusing at least recent three passwords for any account.

Bonus Tip – Change your passwords frequently 

Most financial applications like the ones offered to you by your bank require you to change your pin every 90 or 180 days.

While this does get irritating for some, it is the right thing to do.

And, you should try to use the same practice for every important online account that you own. You can do the same for your social profiles and any other account where your financial details are linked.