For the past few days, by E-Crime Expert presented a series of posts that is summarizing the “Cybersecurity in Europe” Workshop. You could read the first blog post here, the second post here, the third one here and the fourth one here. The First presenter in the series was CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team), followed by ENISA and, CERT Hungary and PricewaterhouseCoopers’s.
As requested by an increased number of readers of this Blog with regards to “Tips for a better, stronger password” post available here, E-Crime Expert presents to you today a new video tutorial on how to create a stronger password.
The video titled “Creating a strong password” is part of a series developed by E-Crime Expert, which aims to combat cybercrime and cyber-threats by offering advice and tutorials. Stronger passwords are important to better protect your online activities and personal data.
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Strong passwords are important protections to help you have safer online activities.
Regarding stronger passwords which will better protect your online activities and personal data, I can suggest the following tips:
– use a combination of Caps, digits, letters like: PassWord2010. Mix letters, numbers and symbols, and use case sensitivity (upper and lower case letters). This mixture is known as “pseudo-random alpha-numeric combination”;
– use a password made up by at least 8 letters (as long the password is, as less chances to brake it);
– remove the spaces between the words in the sentence such as: removethespacebetweenwords.
– find a good way to remember. A good way to do this is to choose the first letters of a sentence that you will remember: such as I was born in Bucharest on Garibaldi street, district one, so: B(born)BU(Bucharest)G(Garibaldi1(district) and so on;
– DO NOT use info available into your email address, or birth of date, or spouse/child name, id number, home address, social security number as this info is easy for one to figure it out from publicly available info;
– one could use a pattern on the keyboard such as: the password itself does not make sense but on the keyboard when typed is like letter V. For example on my QWERTY keyboard: rgnko you could see that is the letter v on the keyboard. Although, do not use adjacent letters on your keyboard such as: qwerty for example;
– use a telephone keypad or 10 character phrase (i.e. blackstump) to encode numbers as letters or vice versa;
-use just numbers, but with an algorithm such as: I weight 85 kg, I was born on January 1, 2010 like this 8+5=13, 1+1=2. The password could be: 13 2 and so one with a similar algorithm;
-use a password that is a word transposed into letters such as: Brussels 27877357;
– change the password regularly every few months (at least alternate them);
-use passwords based on the level of security you want for a particular account: use a generic one for less important accounts such as subscription to a newsletter and very customized ones for banking.
-Avoid creating passwords that use:
- Dictionary words in any language.
- Words spelled backwards, common misspellings, and abbreviations.
- Sequences or repeated characters. Examples: 12345678, 222222, abcdefg, or adjacent letters on your keyboard (qwerty).