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“Be sure to use a strong password” is a bit of advice given every time one creates an account online. Receiving such information indicates the importance of using an easily remembered but hard to decipher password. Be sure to protect your data since it became most valuable resource. You may want to use a password manager as you can generate passwords easily using them, and they can store your password. But even if you use a password manager, you’ll still need to put the password together. To create a strong password is not mathematics. Here’s how to go about it and, most importantly, how to keep it in mind.

Creating a secure but reliable password

Make use of a password manager

With the numerous numbers of web accounts available to everyone, nobody can own multiple accounts without having to duplicate passwords or work around the same password. This is where you make use of a password manager, as it keeps your password on a lock, so in case you forget, you can gain access to the website. There are numerous password managers available to use. You can surf the internet and get any suitable to your taste.

There are lots of features you can enjoy while using the password manager. Remember, the password manager was suggested as an attempt to make managing the passwords to your numerous accounts easy. If you have no use for it, you can skip.

Features of a typically strong password

According to the typical password advice, a strong password must;

1. Have 12 characters minimum

When choosing your passwords, you need to select one that’s long enough to hit the minimum mark. Though not all minimums are 12 whatever minima is set, your password must reach and cross the mark.

2. Includes Numbers, Symbols, Capital Letters, and Lower-Case Letters

You need to add numbers, symbols, capital letters, and lower-case letters to your password to make it unique and harder to crack.

3. Don’t make use of dictionary words or a combination of dictionary words

Do not use dictionary words or a combination as that’s too obvious and can easily be deciphered. Any word on its own is a red flag, and a combination of two or more words is also wrong, especially if they’re predictable.

4. Do not use obvious substitutes

Making use of conventional alternatives of words and numbers can easily be cracked. That’s a huge red flag, so be wary.

  • The best way to create a password is to use a mix of words, numbers, symbols, and lower- and upper-case letters, E.g., BigBoi123! Though it’s a mixture of two words, they’re highly decipherable because of the position of the words and numbers and symbols.
  • Apart from this method, there are other tricks to creating a strong password; they’re known as the Passphrase/Diceware method. This method speaks of choosing random words and mixing them to create a passphrase. What makes this style of password durable is the choice of words and the length of the phrases.

You’re free to choose any words, but remember, the words have to be random, so they don’t make sense on their own or mixed. 

Lastly make sure to permanently erase your data when selling your laptop or PC so it won’t get into wrong hands. It’s easiest to use the recovery settings within the installed operating system.