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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

HOW TO PREVENT HACKERS FROM HACKING YOUR PASSWORDS

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If you are like many others around the world, you may have up to 2 to 5 online accounts with passwords on different websites.Today,I am sharing with you, some tips that can help you in safeguarding your passwords from been hacked by hackers

If you are using a single password for all your online accounts, this is VERY DANGEROUS because if a hacker gets into one account, he can easily get into all. More so, if you are using WEAK PASSWORDS, it makes it easier for hackers to hack your passwords. Weak passwords have been the main causes of numerous cases of identity theft, malfunctioning of accounts and other negative occurrences.

You might want to say that you have nothing to hide and do not care if someone breaks into your account but I want to let you know that the dangers sometimes is not what you have in the account but what the person who has unauthorized access to your account will do to or with your account.

How Do I Make A Strong Password?
In today's online world, having a strong password is a must. However, the problem with strong passwords is that they can be difficult to remember. Altering the passwords you currently use by
adding a meaningful symbol is one step toward making them difficult for Internet thieves to crack.

NOTE:
For a comprehensive guide on creating stronger passwords get "HETHICAL HACKING 101".
see : https://www.info-arena.com.ng/2018/06/your-best-guide-to-cyber-security.html

Below is a list of things you can add or do to increase the strength of your passwords:

1. NEVER USE WORDS,NUMBERS,NAMES AND ANYTHING CONNECTED TO YOU
A lot of people have actually heard this warning but a few have heeded to it. It is shocking that a few people still use their names, nicknames, name of a girlfriend/boyfriend, father/mother, or people close to them as passwords to their accounts.This is a very weak password and can be easily guessed by a hacker or people around you.
Other popular weak passwords include using your date of birth, matric/registration number of any
kind in any school or institution, name of best friend, name of wife/husband and any other thing easily connected to you. All these passwords are the first guesses any intelligent hacker will
try on your account.

So as a rule, never use any of them as a password.

2. NEVER USE DEFAULT PASSWORDS
There are some websites which automatically generate passwords for you. Such passwords are called DEFAULT PASSWORDS. These type of passwords are commonly generated for users who request for PASSWORD RESET after he or she might have forgoten his/her password.

As a rule, once such password is generated for you, TRY AND CHANGE THE PASSWORD AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. This sounds obvious but a lot of people continue to use these assigned passwords. There are a multitude of reasons why this isn't safe; I am sure you can guess many of them.

3. INCREASE THE LENGTH OF YOUR PASSWORD
The longer your password, the more difficult it will be for an hacker to guess.

4. NEVER USE LETTERS OR NUMBERS IN A SEQUENCE
Don't ever use letters or numbers in a sequence; such as 567 or EFG. Using letters or numbers in a sequence will make it easier for hackers to guess your password.

5.MIX NUMBERS AND LETTERS
Mix numbers and letters together to make more unbreakable type passwords. if you want to use your name or anything connected to you as a password, it will do you more good of you can just mix it with numbers and letters.

6. DON'T USE COMMON WORDS
Using real words eg internet, web, book, etc is NOT safe. More so, it is not safe to use words or slangs that are in vogue. There are some hacking softwares out there been used by hackers to generate passwords from such common words. So, Be Careful.

7. USE SENTENCES
Instead of thinking of a word or a name or a date, think instead in terms of a sentence that would be easy to remember e.g Amosistheownerofinfoarena.

8. USE LOWER AND UPPER CASE
Most passwords are CASE SENSITIVE, hence you can secure your passwords by mixing lower and upper cases together.Just make sure you capitalize letters that will be easy for you to remember. For example,I can change the sentence above to: AmosIsTheOwnerOfInfoArena
I hope you can ses how I capitalised some letters in the sentence.

9. ADD SYMBOLS
You can make use of symbols to strenghten your passwords. e.g @,&;,$,# etc If you are using your name or anything connected to you as your password, it will do you more good if you can just add some symbols.

10. BE CAREFUL WHEN WRITING YOUR PASSWORD DOWN SOMEWHERE
If you have many passwords, then, I bet it will be better if you write them down in a secured place. For example, If you don't write your new YahooMail password down and you forget it,then all the time you spent creating your unbreakable password has been wasted plus you will not be able to login into your YahooMail.
But while writing it down, BE CAREFUL NOT TO MAKE IT PUBLIC.
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