We’re in a digital world and everything requires digital safekeeping.
In the physical world, we safely keep things by locking them up, but it seems that strategy is good, when we consider the digital age. Not that it is really good, but we have to take a slight turn.
Now, safekeeping files and folders on a computer mean locking the computer with an extremely secure password. The physical world uses padlocks as the digital world uses passwords.
However, something is surprisingly common between these two modes of locking. Let me explain by asking this simple question.
“Would you want to lock all rooms in your house, including the poultry and the goats’ pen with the same lock?”
Nope. It’s impossible.
The digital world is nothing more than that. If you want to move sixty miles away from digital security, use the same password to lock all your computers and online accounts.
If you do not that what does it mean?
Once an account is compromised, your whole digital life is compromised!
I know you won’t want your whole digital life compromised, so I highly recommend you to read this article.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create different passwords for different accounts, without having to remember any passwords or getting your account hacked.
Let’s start quickly.
Rules for creating a secure password
I wish there was a system that could check if your password has already been used by someone else. Then, you’ll understand that what you create is nothing but common passwords that are easily guessed.
To create a safe, hack-proof password for any online or offline account, there are some factors you should consider. When you create a password with these factors in mind, what you get is a perfect password.
Here are those rules.
- Your password must be 16 characters or more. This is the recommended password length for a safe password.
- It must not be used on another account. Important, to keep all your accounts secure.
- The password must contain at least one lowercase letter, one uppercase letter, one symbol, one numerical digit, and other special symbols.
- It mustn’t be a word from the dictionary or a variation of it.
- The password must not be written down on paper for remembrance.
The last rule is a banger. How am I expected to memorize “s$2@7hfGa)!/%dR3#” without writing it down. Let us be honest for a while; that’s impossible.
That’s where a password manager comes to the scene.
What is a password manager?
A password manager is an app that stores all your password so you can effortlessly reach out to them whenever you need them.
A password manager is locked safely with a master lock, which might range from another password to fingerprint unlock and even the more recent face unlock technology.
There are password manager apps for all major operating systems, but you should be careful lest you download a password stealer in the name of a password manager.
Popular browsers may come embedded with a mini password manager, but one should refrain from using these as much as possible. This is because these embedded password managers are not well secured. Anyone can get access to the browser and use the passwords saved onto the browser to access sensitive services.
Some popular password managers
there are different password managers on different operating systems. Some of the excellent password managers for the popular operating systems include.
- LastPass Password Manager
- Firefox Lockwise
- Norton Password Manager, etc.
Importance of using a password manager
When a good password manager is properly used, it results in many advantages for the user. Some of the important advantages of using a password manager include, but not limited to the following.
- Helps in storing, managing and generating strong passwords for every account.
- They are far more secure than the browsers’ “Save Password” feature.
- They support a variety of securing the passwords, which may include fingerprint scanning and face unlock, depending on your operating system and the password manager you chose.
- They are easy to use and ensure maximum security if used properly.
Flaws of a password manager
It’s important to note that if a good password manager is used properly, all you get are advantages and never any disadvantages.
However, improper usage or even proper usage of a bad password manager could result in lots of loss. Some of them are.
- It can cause a compromise of all your online accounts when a hacker breaks into it.
- Your account information may be uploaded to their servers and sold off to hackers and cybercriminals.
- They poorly manage the passwords and do not provide a reliable means of authentication.
Also, the proper use of a good password manager can be disadvantageous, with disadvantages like;
- It can make you lazy, and poor in committing things to memory.
- It makes life too easy, and
- Downloading it may consume some data, lol.
The importance of a good password cannot be doubted. When a good password manager is properly used, the end result becomes extremely secure passwords without the need to commit them to memory.
This way, you can fulfill all the rules of a good password without having to upgrade your brain’s hardware and software.
Stay safe from the coronavirus, ninja!