Tips And Tricks For Creating A Secure Password

As we’ve seen within the past month or so, any and all companies can be hacked. Whether it’s Sony, EA or even the state of Florida, every company which holds your data is ultimately vulnerable to being hacked. What happens then is some hacker out there has access to your e-mail address and password, and if you use that same combination on a number of other websites then other valuable information and even your credit card details could be at risk!

Christina Warren over on Mashable has a whole list of tips and tricks which can be used to protect business accounts, but many of these can also be used by regular consumers in order to make sure that we don’t fall prey to the hackers. The first tip, which is very important, is to make sure that you have strong, unique passwords for every different website which you go to. As I previously explained, any hacker who has your information from when they hacked a website could try to use it on a different website. For example if your Facebook e-mail address and password is the same as your Playstation Network account, they could have logged into your e-mail address after they got a hold of it in the recent hacking attacks.

The problem with hackers today is that even if you have the most secure password in the world, but somebody gets access to your network, they can easily get a hold of it making all your work in creating a secure password for nothing. If you use a website which allows you to use HTTPS (the S stands for secure), which includes Facebook, Gmail, Foursquare and Twitter, your login information will be encrypted and anybody who is looking around your network to find your info will be left with encrypted data.

If you are struggling to generate a strong password then there are many different websites which will randomize one for you that are only a Google search away. The biggest problem with having many different passwords is that it’s hard to remember each individual one, which is where a password manager comes in. A password manager holds all your individual passwords behind a security wall, accessible via a master password. There is a comprehensive list of password managers available in the article over on Mashable.

My personal tip when it comes to creating memorable passwords is to use something that you can easily remember, but that people will find it difficult to guess. For example you could use the name of something that is on your desk, or the surname of one of your co-workers followed by a number. Of course everybody has their own technique to creating their secure passwords, so most importantly make sure not to tell anybody your passwords!

Do you have any effective password tip or trick not listed here? Let us know in the comments below.