A Password Guide: Tips to Create a Strong Password

Password box on a webpageIt’s no longer a question of if you will face an online attack, the question is when? Many people are convinced their data is secure as they are using what they consider to be a complex password. They are often mistaken.

There are now freely available password crackers that can tackle passwords up to 55 characters long, passwords that are far more complex than most of us are using. Here are some top tips on how to create a strong password and avoid getting hacked.

  1. Password length – stick to passwords that are at least 8 characters in length. The longer the password, the longer it will take a hacker to guess.
  2. Password complexity – ensure your password contains one lower case letter, one upper case letter, one number and one special character. This will make your password a lot stronger and harder to crack. Avoid using names of family, friends or pets. Don’t use personal information such as date of birth, phone number, street name or house number and do not use consecutive letters, numbers, or keys on the keyboard such as ‘qwerty’.
  3. Use a passphrase – in order to remember your passwords, use a passphrase. For example, use the first letter of each word in a line of your favourite song. ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ could be converted to ’Al0tbs0L!’, a strong password using the four complexity indicators. Don’t simply use number substitutions for letters eg.passw0rd this is far too simple for an advanced hacker.
  4. Use a password manager – many people avoid using complex passwords are they are often hard to remember. Using a reliable password management tool to store passwords is essential. When you create a password, enter it into the password manager which will encrypt it and store it for you. Many of these software programmes are free, easy to use and work on both Windows and Mac.
  5. Create unique passwords – it’s very tempting to use one password for your email accounts, another for your banking, and one for all of your social media accounts. A study by BitDefender shows that 75% of people use the same password for their email as they use for their social media accounts. If this password was discovered and it was also used for their online banking or Paypal account this could result in financial theft.
  6. Change your password for all accounts every six months – the longer your password has remained the same, the more time a hacker has had to crack it. It is recommended to change your passwords often, at least twice a year but the more often the better.
  7. Never write down your passwords (except in a password management tool of course) – this includes both paper and emails. Writing down your strong password is almost as bad as having a weak password and not writing it down at all.

To be extra secure, download Strong Pass now

Strong Pass Now Available Worldwide

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Authomate Inc is pleased to announce that Strong Pass for IOS, the easiest to use password management app, is now available worldwide. The app has been redesigned for IOS7 and will let you to manage unlimited logins/passwords. The Android App and additional security tools will follow soon. With Strong Pass, you can login to your favorite sites with just a wave of your smartphone.

With a unique approach to authentication, Strong Pass is a blend of strong security and ease of use. One scan of the webpage, the user will be authenticated instantly. With Strong Pass, there is no need for you to remember any passwords. Your credentials are safe when you use Strong Pass.

Existing password management solutions keep a copy of your password database on each machine you use and synchronize them, thereby making your credentials more vulnerable to hacking and identity theft. Some keep your credentials in the cloud. Strong Pass on the other hand keeps your passwords very safe. Your credentials are not stored in the cloud or on Authomate servers. They are stored on your smart phone under multiple layers of strong encryption. No one else can access your data, even if you lose your phone. Although Authomate Authentication server takes part in the authentication process, your credentials are never visible to anyone else including Authomate.

Authomate Strong Pass uses bank level security to ensure your credentials are safe from prying eyes of hackers and not prone to theft. You can rest assured that your credentials are safe and secure.

To get the app, go to the app store on your iPhone and search using keywords “Strong Pass” or “Authomate”. You can also get the app from itunes app store on your PC/laptop.

appstore 2 Download Strong Pass for iPhone and never worry about passwords again.