The advent of Internet has shrunk the world. Through the Internet we visit various sites by logging into them. Whenever you login to a site they ask you for a unique and strong password. The mail address and password becomes your identity for the site. Passwords have lesser number of characters whereas passphrases have comparatively more number of characters. Passphrases are usually used for higher security networks like intranets or linked computer networks.
Many of us face problems during creation of a strong password. It has to be unique, unpredictable but one which you can remember. The problem intensifies because all of us use various websites like social networking sites, ecommerce sites, mailing sites, banking sites and various forums. All of them cannot have similar passwords!
You should always be careful of not using similar passwords for the various websites you use. If someone get holds of your password or tries to hack your account, your identity may be exposed. Anyone can misuse your account for any type of anti social activity.
There is a little but noticeable difference between strong passwords and passphrases. A strong password is short in number i.e. is contains minimum eight characters in any unique form. A passphrase is atleast twenty characters long. A passphrase is lot more secure than a password. Its length reduces its chances of getting hacked. The similarity between the two is that both do not accept sentences or phrases of any kind.
There are many ways to create strong passwords and passphrases. Some of them are listed below:
- A strong password is a good mix of alphabets(upper and lower case), symbols and numericals. The mix should be done in such a way that you can easily remember it. For example if your name is Kate and your birthday is 27 April 1984, then your password can be KATebd@27484. This series can be easily memorized and is too distinctive to be guessed.
- One can create passwords or passphrases of important events like birthdays, anniversary, spouses or infant’s information etc. For example if your husband’s name is Jack Pik, and your wedding anniversary is 24 June 2000. The passphrase can be MAHUja/<@200624.
- You can include your hobbies, pet’s names or name of your favorite author as password or passphrase. The crux is it should be very different but still easy to bear in mind for you.
- The perennial problem of using various websites without repeating the passwords is always faced by all of us. To solve it you can prioritize the websites according to your use. Then you can create password accordingly. The most important one will contain your personal information; the second one will have something about your dad, mom, husband, kids and so on. This format creates a trail in your mind, but still remains beyond the knowledge of others. This series will help you memorize all the passwords and passphrases.
- Many people share their passwords with fellow mates, siblings, spouses or parents. This is the biggest blunder you can make! You should never share your password with anyone. It can be misused by anyone without your information. Many a times the users have been caught involved in activities which they have not committed.
- Never write your password anywhere. Many people have the knack of writing their passwords in order to retain them. In case you lose the piece of paper and it is found by someone then they can exploit this information the way they wish to.
The sole aim of writing this article is for our readers to create good, strong passwords and passphrases. We hope you do not commit the similar mistakes mentioned above.