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Why the Use of Passwords are Important

Passwords are something that we all have to use, but using passwords incorrectly can create needless dangers out on the internet.

As you can well imagine, we here at Websnoogie have to save an enormous number of passwords that allow us to access things like the server, social media and client accounts. Here are some things below that we do in order to stay secure.

First, use a password manager. There are several different password managers on the market today. The one that I recommend is LastPass by LogMeIn, Inc. The reason why is because it is simple to use and it uses something called “AES-256 Encryption.” (You can look up what that means, as I won’t be explaining it too much here. It just means your data is encrypted very well.)

Secondly, don’t use the same passwords for any two accounts. Use only passwords that are at least 12 characters long. (The reason you need a password manager!) Your passwords should also be obfuscated (in other words, scrambled so they don’t make sense.) Avoid using words, and again, this is the reason why you want a password manager.

Third, log out of all accounts when you are done using them. One way an attacker will exploit your computer or device is to steal all of your cookies, and that includes any account that you are logged into. If you are not using it, stay logged out.

One big reason that you want to use very strong passwords is that many websites use weak encryption, and that includes WordPress websites. Because of weak encryption, passwords that are short and use dictionary words can be hacked in a matter of seconds.

I have seen clients who use the same password for everything, including their WordPress website. This is very dangerous because if your WordPress website is ever breached, the attacker will probably know the password to everything in your life. Because many websites use a weak form of encryption, it is vital to follow the above suggestions to keep you safe online.

One big question that everyone has: are my passwords stolen?
There is a way of checking to see if your credentials have been compromised. Go to the web address below, and enter your phone number or email address and it will tell you if a website that you may use has been breached.

To accomplish almost everything on the Internet, from online banking to checking your email, you'll need to set a password. While using an easy-to-remember and short password may be easier, doing so can pose major threats to your online security. To safeguard yourself and your data, use passwords that are strong, long, and difficult for others to guess while being relatively easy for you to remember.

What is the significance of a strong password?

You may be wondering why you need a strong password at this time. After all, many websites are very secure these days. However, even with a new level of security, people are still trying to hack into accounts to steal your information. This is frequently referred to as hacking. A strong password is one of the most effective ways to protect personal information and your accounts from hackers.

Examples of How to Make Strong Password

A strong password is simple to remember for you but difficult for others to guess. Let's review some of the most crucial things to consider while creating a password.

Personal information such as your name, birthday, user name, or email address should never be used. This information is frequently made public, making it easier for someone to guess your password.

Make your password longer. Your password should be at least twelve characters long, but it should be longer for added protection.

Use a different password for each account. This will prevent someone from discovering your common password and using it in other accounts. This can prevent a whole host of problems later. Include upper and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers as much as possible.

Avoid using words from the dictionary. Doorbell1 is an example of a bad password.

Random passwords are the most secure. If you're having difficulties coming up with one, you can use a password generator.

Common Password Issues

Some of the most popular passwords are based on simple patterns, hobbies, or surnames. While these passwords are simple to remember, they are also among the least secure. Let's look at some of the most common password errors and how to avoid them.

Problem: This password contains too much personal information as well as popular phrases from the dictionary.

Solution: To make this password more secure, use capital letters, symbols, numbers, and more random order. Instead of utilizing family or pet names, we may combine a movie character with a sort of food. Garfield with eating pepperoni pizza, for example, could become Garf#p3pp!ZZ1a (14 characters, not bad!).

Problem: You have a nine-letter password. This password is far too short at only nine characters.

Solution: A more secure version of this password would be significantly longer, twelve or more  characters. 

Making Use of Password Managers

Instead of writing your passwords on paper where they could be discovered, use a password manager to securely store them online. Password managers can remember and enter your password on several websites, saving you from having to remember long passwords. Google Chrome's password manager, Nordpass and LastPass (Lastpass has a free edition) are all examples of password managers.

Here is an example of a password that these might generate: 2C#f$Jw39!VP

This is an excellent example of a secure password. It's powerful, long, and tough for others to guess. It has no evident personal information or common words and contains more than ten characters made up of letters (including uppercase and lowercase), numerals, and symbols. Without a password manager, this password may be too hard to remember, emphasizing why they're so useful when creating a strong password.

Remember to follow these guidelines when creating those pesky passwords to keep your online information safe and secure.


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