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7 Tips to keep your Online Passwords Secure

Do you have many accounts to manage on the internet? Are you into rigorous net banking? Do you purchase things online?
Well, all of those actions involve sets of passwords. These passwords, if not strong can be cracked easily. Sometimes, the loss might be minimal like someone taking over your social networking page.
But what if your net banking password is hacked into? Here are a few tips on how to make your password strong, efficient and easy to remember...

1

Length of Password

Length of Password

Try to keep a long enough password, but you should remember that also. We would not recommend for a password which is less than 8 characters. It is best if it is above 14 characters.

2

Combination of Characters

Combination of Characters

It is always advisable to use a few combinations of special characters for your password. You can take the help of letters, numerals and special characters. For instance, the use of “leet” language for a password is very clever. Instead of “apple”, you write “app13” in leet.

3

Choice of Words

Choice of Words

Avoid words which are available in the dictionary. It just takes a few seconds for a good programmer to create a program to cross check your password with all the available words in a dictionary. So, always improvise.

4

Arrangement of letters and numbers

Arrangement of letters and numbers

Some words can be guessed very easily even when it might not be available in any dictionaries. For instance, if you want to insert your Date of Birth as part of your password, you can do so in the reverse order.

5

No 'password'

No 'password'

A very common password is ‘password’ itself. It is the first word that anyone might try. In fact, stay away from the first few letters on the ‘qwerty’ keyboard. Another common password is ‘1234’. Try to avoid that as well.

6

Same Password, Different Accounts

Same Password, Different Accounts

Do not use the same passwords for other accounts. In case someone gets to your password, he/she will have access to your other accounts as well with the same password.

7

Website Link

Website Link

Always use ‘Centralised Sing-on’ services for signing in to your accounts.