What should be the password?

Lyubov Polishchuk
Lyubov Polishchuk
11 April 2013
What should be the password?

Now computer life is impossible without entering a password. Turning on the computer, registering on sites, creating a mailbox or account in the system - all requires creating and entering a password. Many people do not know what the password should be and, without thinking, enter any data (most often simple “123456” or something like that). In fact, you need to create very strong passwords so that attackers could not use the data obtained on your behalf for the purpose of withdrawing funds (if an account in the financial system was hacked), opening accounts or obtaining loans. Therefore, if you have "weak" passwords, do not postpone their change to more reliable configurations.

What should the password contain

  • One of the main rules for creating passwords is its length. Do not use short passwords. It is not recommended to set passwords with a length of less than 8 characters. It is much better if the password will contain at least 10-12 characters.
  • Creating a password, be sure to enter both numbers and letters, but so that they do not repeat. The best option is to create a password with alternating numbers and letters, or even better if you add punctuation marks or special characters.
  • The password must contain uppercase and lowercase characters (capital and small letters, preferably in different languages ​​of the world). Such passwords are created using the Shift button.
  • The password must meet the requirements of complexity. Do not enter as a password data containing information about your family: memorable dates (birth, wedding, etc.), phone numbers, apartments, documents, names of relatives, their names. It is also considered unacceptable to use various combinations of personal data.
  • The main thing is that the password should be a meaningless combination. Refuse to enter a password containing any existing word from the dictionary (in any language of the world).
  • You should not use "secret questions", pick up or find out the answers to which is not difficult.

How to handle passwords

  • Use unique passwords for each specific Internet service, site, forum.
  • Do not keep passwords in plain sight (for example: on your desktop).
  • Do not leave passwords on a network or on a computer by creating a text file for this or using the password-savers built-in browser.
  • Make copies of passwords.
  • Try not to enter your passwords from other people's computers, especially in public places such as terminals, Internet cafes, etc.
  • Change passwords periodically.

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