How to choose a strong password?

In the world of digitalization, we need to have a lot of accounts. There has to be an account or a profile for almost every day to day activity that we do. These accounts contain a lot of personal and professional data that should be secured.

There is no denial of the fact that the way digitalization has made it easy for us, in the same way, it is really difficult to keep these data and programs secure and safe. For this, we need security and this security can be provided to us by the passwords that we set for these multiple accounts.

Now, you must have heard that there are a lot of people who have already set a password, but the important data has been leaked from their account. This leakage of data could be easily done by hacking. The hacker somehow comes to know about your password and then he or she takes out the data from your account. The only thing that you can do to avoid any such thing is to create a good and strong password for each account of yours. If you don’t know the tricks, here are the points you should follow.

Ways to choose a strong password

  1. A password that could not be guessed

The biggest mistake that a person does while selecting a password for a particular account is considering the dates of any important occasion as their password. This is something, which a lot of people know about and if someone wishes to know your password, he or she will guess it easily. So, the very first thing that you need to do to choose a good and strong password is not selecting any dates related to you for it.

  1. Make it long

Generally, when you start choosing a password for any of your accounts, there are instructions given for that. In all these instructions, there is a certain limit to the number of words or characters that you can use. Make sure that you are using the maximum extent of it. Try to make your password as long as possible. This makes it strong and one could not guess it easily.

  1. Use as many characters as possible

There are a lot of accounts where you are asked to enter characters in the password. This is kind of important. To make your password strong, you should use as many characters as possible. The words and numbers are easy to guess. On the other hand, characters could not be guessed easily.

  1. Don’t use random ideas

There are a lot of people who use random letters and numbers for their password. This is such a basic thing to understand that anyone can guess your password in this manner. The other problem that you will face is that you won’t remember it properly. So, if you want a strong password and want to make your account secure, you should not commit this mistake.

  1.  Try not to write your password anywhere

If you want to make your password strong, this is another important step. Writing your password somewhere simply means that you have given the hacker a chance to read it from that particular place. Now, the hacker doesn’t need to get access to the place you have written your password, but the risk is always there. So, avoid doing that.

  1. Download a password manager

With the coming of smartphones, we are pretty sure that each one of us knows what is a password manager. However, it could now be used for every account and every device that needs it. So, if you want to create a strong password, you can install a good password manager on your device.

  1. Keep updating your password

If you are having a password for a long time now, there are chances that it has been leaked or someone has come to know about it due to some reason. So, it is always important to keep changing and updating the passwords of your different accounts.

How to choose a good password manager?

Out of all the important things that one needs to do for choosing a strong and good password, downloading a password manager is the easiest one. However, choosing one for your device could be a task. Here are the things that you should look for if you want to choose a good password manager.

  1. The auto-fill option

This might not look like a security thing, but now the password managers have started having this feature in it. Therefore, if the password manager that you are going to have has this, it is a good thing. Now, you get tired of filling up the same details for different websites and accounts. With the help of the password manager, you can insert these details automatically in just one click. Thus, it is a very important feature.

  1. The password generation system

This is directly related to password and security. So, if you have installed a password manager, it should generate passwords for you. Now, the nature of that password should be strong. It should be able to generate a long password.

  1. Good reviews

The third important thing that makes a password manager good and secure is the reviews about it. So, there are people who have already used this password manager and they share their experience of it in the reviews. After reading them, you get to know, whether it would be good for you or not.

  1. The secure notes service

There are a lot of password managers that have additional services with them. It is so good to have that kind of application. So, if you are looking for a good password manager, you can go for the one with “secure notes”. In these secure notes, you can write the notes that you want to keep highly confidential and you don’t want anyone to read them.

  1. The one with one-touch login

This feature is just like the auto-fill thing that we discussed earlier. So, what happens in this kind of password manager is that you have already inserted all the important details in the application and now you don’t need to fill them again and again. So, you can just touch the screen once and you will get access to your device and other accounts.

  1. Two-layer security

This again is a very important feature that every good password manager should have in itself. Now, two-layer security could be easily understood by its name only. There are two levels of security in this kind of system. A very fine example of this system is today’s smartphones. You can unlock the phone with your finger touch, as well as by inserting the password of the phone. This type of system doubles the security of your device.

How to use a password manager

Now that you know what important features should be there in a good password manager, it is also important to know how to use it. In this section, we are going to discuss how you can use the password manager of your choice. The step by step explanation is given below.

  1. Downloading it from the play store. In the section given above, we discussed the things that should be there in an ideal password manager. After considering all those features, select a password manager of your choice and download it.
  2. After you have downloaded the password manager, install it on your device and put the manager for setting up. Different password managers have different instructions for installing it on the device.
  3. Once you have installed the password manager, you need to set it up. Now, again the setup process will differ in different password managers. However, the general thing is to set a master password for your password manager. Make sure that the password you have selected is strong and complex so that no one comes to know about it.
  4. The last, but not the least step important for using the password manager is setting up your preferences in it. There are a lot of different features in the password manager and you need to select one for you. It will give you the option of using just one password for all the applications or you can use different passwords for different apps. In both cases, the password manager had to protect the password.

So, this was all that you should do to have a good password for your multiple accounts. We have added other important points too in the above sections. These points will help you in installing and using a password manager if you wish to do so. We are pretty sure that after reading all of them, you won’t face any problem regarding the password of your device and other important applications that you have in it.

Larry King