Password facts you need to know
19 March, 2014 | Technology
Is your personal information safe online? Choosing the right password for your accounts is crucial for your security, here are 7 facts to help you stay safe and secure online:
Facts about “Hackers”
Hackers don’t necessarily hack, they guess
Password recommendations usually suggest you choose something random rather than a word plus some numbers. This is because hackers use a method known as 'brute force attacks'; the software simply puts in every single word and number combination possible until it finally hits the right one.
By choosing a completely random selection of characters you will be able to withstand this method.
Many hackers don’t even hack!
When you say hacker you normally think of an evil genius, cleverly cracking codes to break into systems. However, many chose to use simpler methods, for example by just sending an email to trick recipients into just handing over their passwords. Be wary who you give out this kind of information too.
Facts about passwords
The average person changes their password every 2.5-3 years
We all know we should change our passwords regularly, but many of us use the same password for up to 3 years before changing it. Change your passwords regularly to stay safe.
Passwords differ by gender
When thinking of a password consider this, women are more likely to choose personal names for passwords, while men are more likely to pick their hobbies.
The most popular passwords
Avoid these at all costs!
Facts about making your passwords stronger
More is better
More characters, more number, more symbols and more variations! By making your passwords more complex means they will be harder to crack. A simple 6 digit passwords can be cracked in a matter of minutes, but by making your password longer and adding symbols, numbers and upper and lower case characters will make your passwords near impossible to crack.
Test your password!
If you are unsure if you are using a strong and safe password or you are just curious of how it will resist against a ‘brute force attack’ then try this free password tester by intel. This tool will determine how long it would actually take to crack your passwords… so go find out how strong your password really is!