Webmedia 2.0|2020-06-25|Published in General
A strong password is the most effective defense against hackers trying to get your data and other personal information. But even the strongest passwords are vulnerable!
Why do you need a password at all?
Your password is the first barrier against anyone trying to log into your account and potentially access your information (such as photos, videos, current account balance, health information, etc.) without permission.
Why are strong passwords so much better?
Strong passwords - i.e. those that contain characters, numbers and symbols - are more secure than those which only contain letters. Strong passwords are therefore harder to crack, even with brute force hacking techniques like “rainbow tables” and other types of “dictionary” attacks. Additionally, your passwords should be at least 12 characters long (using a mix of uppercase, lowercase, symbols, and numbers) and should be different for each website you use.
What is two-factor authentication?
Two-factor authentication (also known as two-step verification or 2FA) is a way to log into a service where you already have an account by entering two different factors: something you know (like your password ) and something you own (like your smartphone). This makes it much harder for a hacker to get access to your accounts. This is one of the most efficient ways to protect against digital attacks.
What is a password safe?
In the end, passwords are annoying and hardly anyone can or wants to remember a lot of different complex passwords. For this it is recommended to use a password safe (like “1Password” or “Apple Keychain”). These apps make it easier to keep all your passwords in one place, so you can access them all with just one master password.
Can I go any safer?
Of course! In addition to randomly generated passwords, you can also create randomly generated email addresses. Some e-mail providers such as "GMail" allow you to add additional characters after your own e-mail address with a "+" sign (e.g.: email@example.com). Other providers like “iCloud” or “DuckDuckGo Email" gives you the ability to create a completely randomized email address that forwards emails straight to your default inbox.