Good Practices for Password Protection and Management

Passwords or passcodes are intended to make confidential information or accounts protected. While strong passwords serve their intended purpose, having a simple and weak password is just like having no security. As per the reports, 81% of the total hacking attacks are a result of weak password and management system. Whether you are an individual or an enterprise, keeping your information safe is your utmost priority. This means, that data security officers need to work hard and provide an extra layer of security to their systems and user with better and strong passwords.

It is important to be complacent about the passwords setting and its management as the cyber attackers are already advancing their hacking skills and tactics. Here are a few good practices for maintaining a strong password discipline and keeping your information secure:

  • Use Strong passwords
    This is the first rule of the passwords. Try to use longer passwords. Do not use same password for all your digital accounts. Do not use easy to learn information about you or your family in your passwords. As suggested by many sites, use a combination of letters/numbers/special characters. Some websites also allow two-factor authentication. It is a advisable to use it.
  • Long phrases may be the best
    While you may believe that a combination of numbers and alphabets is a great password practice, but, the hackers have already identified the ways to guess the numbers and symbols commonly used for replacing some words and making a password. In fact, there are tools that can identify the replacement of numbers and digits in a password. Today, many experts suggest that using long phrases as password may be the best practice. Some people find phrases are easy to remember too.
  • Often password changes are not mandatory
    Although it s a good practice to change your passwords once in while, you do not need to change them often. Some applications compel the user to change their passwords after a set time, however, it is not the best way to keep the password protected. As per the reports, frequent change of the password makes it more vulnerable and easier to crack. This is because most of us either recreate our existing passwords or use any one that we have already used. So, you can change the password only if there is some concern.
  • Know the password blacklist
    There is a list of blacklisted passwords, and it has all the passwords that are too easy to crack or have been cracked already. This means, that you might be using a password that has already been cracked by someone and is at high risk of hacking. To prevent such condition, keep the list of passwords for your reference and make sure that you do not use any of the blacklisted passwords.
  • Never share your passwords
    One of the silliest mistakes one may do is sharing password with others. The sharing is often made through digital communication services such as text message or WhatsApp message and hence offers a chance of breach to the hackers. If you have shared your password in the past, change it.
  • Do not write down your passwords
    Another mistake many do is to write down their password right next to where they access it. It is a big safety risk. Try to remember and not write down your passwords. If you must write down your passwords, make sure they are not sitting right next to your computer or an easily accessible place. Make sure they are well secured.
  •  Use a password manager
    If you have too many accounts and dread about remembering all of the passwords or repeating your passwords, you could also use a password manager. A password manager not only helps you create strong passwords but stores them too. All you have to remember is the password manager’s password. Make sure to choose a strong password for this one.

After following all the good practices, if you feel that any of your passwords has been cracked, you could always run a background check on yourself to make sure your information is not compromised.