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5 Tricks for Creating Stronger Passwords

Yes, it’s a tricky balance to remember all your various passwords without making yourself vulnerable to hacking. But the good news is that it can be done.

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It’s not always easy to create a strong password, though. You may have been using one of the most common passwords for years without realizing it. You may find that you’ve made your password too obvious because you’re using common information about yourself like a phone number or home address. The following are five tips to remember in order to create stronger passwords.

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  1. Remember the Rules

Passwords should be at least eight characters long, and should be complex: they should contain lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers, and special characters. The longer you can make your password, the better.

  1. Don’t be Too Obvious

Don’t create obvious passwords or PINs. PIN numbers like 0000, 1111, 2222, or 1234 are very common: up to 20% of those in use are accounted for by these common sets of numbers. Additionally, don’t be too personal with your password. Don’t use your phone number, your birth date, or your social security number when making your password.

  1. Use a Passphrase

One of the biggest reasons people make simple passwords is that they want to make sure they will remember them. To remember your password while still being complex, use a passphrase. A passphrase could incorporate a line from your favorite movie, song, or television show while still using the rules of complexity detailed in rule #1. For example, your passphrase might be: “Sweet*H0me*Ala8ama.”

  1. Use a Password Manager

If you have trouble remembering your passwords, use a password manager. With a password manager, like 1Password or LastPass, you’ll ensure that you have a unique and encrypted password that you can store safely on the cloud or transfer to your phone.

  1. Don’t Use a One-Size-Fits-All Password

If a hacker figured out your password for one website, and you used the same password everywhere, he’d have all your information. That’s why it’s so important to create a unique password for every account that you have.