I have posted similar article four year back but I thought It’s worth re-sharing today as a special post to dedicate the World Password Day. I’ve just re-written my old post to make it more informative and easy to understand. Still, you can always read my old post here.
Nowadays we all need a secure & strong password to protect our information online. You may have also registered your account on tons of websites like social media site, forum, blog or online banking sites. A better password is the first and most important way to protect your online information and activity.
Today is the World Password Day(first Thursday of May) so take out few minutes from your works and remember what was the last time when you have changed your password for online accounts like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, online banking etc. Let’s suppose you are changing your password frequently but is it enough? are you using a strong password for your accounts? And are you using a different & unique password for all accounts?
Today is the right day to check your online account and change all your passwords with strong one to keep your online information safe and secure.
What are strong & secure passwords: – A strong and secure password includes numbers, symbols, capital letters, and lower-case letters. To make your account more secure it is necessary to use a unique password for every account on each website.
In this post, I’m going to share a useful way to create strong passwords for each online account which will also be very easy to remember. It’s basically a method in which you need to categorize all of your online accounts and assign different formula for each category.
- Categories your all online accounts eg. accounts on social media sites, mobile apps, blog, forum, banking etc
- Create one default unique code for your password which can be your school roll number, reverse of the city PIN code, the reverse of birth date, first or last few digits of phone number/card number etc.
- Choose one or two special characters eg @,#,$ etc
- Choose one word/name it can be any single word which you can remember easily like your name, your favourite movie star’s name, fav sports start’s name etc.
- Now make password format according to the group(find example table below), the table will help you make every password unique and easy to remember.
- It will make your every password unique and easy to remember with strong password strength.
You can categorize your all online web accounts and apps accounts as follows:-
|A||Most Secure||Website, personal-blog, Servers, facebook, Main Email, banking, all financial account & Apps (having personal and the most important data).||Site Name+Word/Name+Special Character+Numeric Code.|
|B||Secure||Other Social Sites & Apps, Forums, E-Commerce sites Eg. facebook, twitter, IRCTC, blogger, WordPress, Flipkart, SnapDeal etc.|| Site Name+Special Character+Numeric Code|
|C||Useful||Secondary Email accounts, Blogs that you are following etc.||Site name/name+numeric character|
|D||General/Temporary||Website or app which doesn’t have your any personal data.|| Name & numeric code or numeric code only.|
Eg. flash007123 or 007123
There are also few quick ways to create secure passwords like creating and alphanumeric passwords in upper-lower case alphabet combination, eg. SaTyaM1984, bondoo7. You can Alphabet ‘O’ instead of number “0” and “0” instead of alphabet ‘O’. Such passwords are also strong and easy to remember.
Two-factor authentication is another brilliant feature to secure your digital accounts, so if you have the option to enable two-factor authentication then you should definitely go with it. If you have enabled two-factor authentication for your account then be careful while changing your device or phone number, better keep backup passwords for safety or add the backup authentication methods (if available).
I hope this will help you to manage your passwords. Let’s celebrate World Password Day by encouraging everyone to use strong & secure passwords which may help them protect their personal information online and this will also make the web safer and better place for everyone.