If you are a beginner, you will find that there are many systems that you register for a user name and password. Often there are rules to ensure that your password is secure. Although there are no rules, you should be secured by a word you can remember so you do not write protected. Here’s how.
Protect yourself by using strong passwords
If you sign up for a Gmail or Hotmail account, you must establish a unique name and assign a password. The password must be in general somewhat more reasonable, as far as security is concerned. Studies have shown that the most common word used is “password”. People with this word are just asking for problems.
Instead, you should use a strong password. But what is it? If you are a beginner in the world of computer technology, you can not learn the best practices for computer security have. There may a few simple rules to follow to ensure that your password is much stronger than the most in use today.
Do not use a word, (or words), that are found in the dictionary
Many programs exist that try to break into accounts. They will attempt to imitate you by entering your account and trying every word in a dictionary to see if they can gain access. Of course, these systems try the word “Password” first.
Use a longer password
If your access code is 1 character long, there are only 26 possibilties that you can choose from. With 2 characters, there are 676 alternate combinations of letters. Of course, most computer systems will not allow your length to only be 1 or 2 characters. There may be a minimum length of 4, 6 or 8 characters. You should always make it 8 characters long. All systems allow you to have 8 characters but some insist on it. If you always have 8 characters, at least, you won’t run into problems with your access code being too short. If your chosen word is too short, add characters to make it longer, such as “Green” becomes “Green999″. Always add your favorite extra characters, though.
Use a combination of letters and numbers
The scamming programs do not attempt to gain access using numbers. The reason is simple math. For an 8 character word, there are 208827064576 possibilities using the 26 letters of the alphabet. By also using the 10 digits, there are 2821109907456 possibilities, or over 14 times as many as without digits. Beginners can find that using numbers makes the access code difficult to remember. This can be improved if you use a transformation for the numbers. This is done by substituting a one, (“1″), for an “i”, “3″ for “e”, and so on. Thus a simple word like “Green”, becomes a stronger code word of “Gr33n”. Of course, this is not 8 characters long so you would make it “Gr33n999″.
Reverse your chosen value
Another good technique is to reverse the letters you want to use. Maybe your favorite color is green. As shown, you can use “Gr33n999″ your password. Since the value is now shown in this article, it becomes a little less than ideal value for you to use. If you reverse the letters to make “N33rg999″, it becomes your own value. But to really be yours, choose your favorite color, reverse letters, substitute your own favorite numbers for some letters and add your own additional characters.
If you follow the advice presented here, your password will be much stronger than most. It will pass stringent safety tests that the system may require. It will be long enough to pass the validation. It will be easy to remember. Unfortunately, the majority of passwords in use today do some or all of these criteria. Do not be a victim. Follow these guidelines and others, and keep you safe on the Internet.