When do I need to change my password?
There is no exact answer to this question. Of course, it doesn’t make sense to keep the same passwords for life, but if there is no hacking attempt on your account and you consider your password to be strong, it is not necessary to change it frequently.
The correct question in this case is not how often passwords need to be changed, but how to make a really strong password.
After all, as much as some people believe that creating complex passwords with graphic signs, numbers, letters, uppercase and lowercase is ideal, today it is known that hacking methods have become more sophisticated over time, but our minds have not.
That is, in the end these passwords are breakable and easier to forget – and that’s why you may need to write it down or store it somewhere and that’s where you are vulnerable to an invasion.
So, if making a simple password like: 123456, date of birth or your name is not enough and, on the other hand, a super complex password isn’t either, what is a good password anyway?
How to make a password strong and easy to remember?
Basically a password that contains long phrases. But the type of phrase or words that are going to be in it need to make sense to you alone.
For example, you can make an association of unrelated words: the name of a loved one + the name of a neighborhood + the name of an animal + physical activity + an object. The result of this would be something like: joaquina15denovembrogardendesplanadaelephant volleygarf. A strong password, difficult for programs to crack, but one that might be easy for you.
How to store passwords?
It has a password for the e-mail, for the bank’s app, for the streaming service, for the online store, for WhatsApp… Who doesn’t get confused? The important thing is not to save these passwords on paper and spreadsheets, because that way you can easily expose this data.
So where to save? If you are the type of person who handles a lot of passwords, use the online password manager. After all, with it you can store several complex passwords securely, through encryption. Anyway, at least one password you need to remember: the password manager access.
What should I not do when creating a password?
In addition to knowing good practices, it is important to know what not to do, such as:
- Repeat passwords : with the mass attacks on corporate databases more and more frequent, when a password is exposed and “falls into the net” it offers more possibilities for invasion. That is, if you use the same password across multiple services, you leave your credentials exposed in more than one place, in case you are a leak victim;
- Don’t use sequential numbers: if you need to make a numeric password, avoid easy sequences like 1234 or 5432. The more random the order, the stronger the password;
- Avoid dates and simple words: just like logical sequences of numbers, these passwords are the first ones cracked by hackers and programs;
- Never put your password on a link sent to you: when in doubt, always look for official service channels.