How To Fix A Weak Password
“Hi Wally, My account got hacked recently and I had to change my password. It was really horrible. I was wondering how those hackers might have gotten my password, and also how can I prevent that from happening again??“ - Carlos W., USA
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Wally’s Answer: Passwords are a necessity in today’s online world. They are used in all websites that allow you to signup and log in. Some of these passwords are really important, such as your bank’s website; personal email; social media account, etc.
In the past, many people thought nothing of choosing the simplest passwords they could come up with. These weak passwords are easy to hack but they are also easy to remember. This trend is changing as privacy-conscious people want to keep their data safe from hackers. Here we will tell you how you can make your online presence more secure.
How Do Hackers Get Your Password?
Hackers have many ways of getting their hands on your passwords. Some of them spread spyware software that tries to get this information. Others use advanced algorithms to guess your password. They try to use your biodata, such as your name, date of birth, and whatever else they can find to guess your weak password. They also use sneaky emails to trick you into giving away your information through phishing attacks.
How To Prevent Hackers From Getting Your Password?
You can use some very simple advice to prevent your online accounts from getting hacked. There are some common sense things that people do to keep their online accounts secure.
Don’t go to shady websites for anything. Try to avoid them completely. If you want to use them, then make a throwaway account. An account that is not important if it gets hacked.
Don’t download software from unknown websites. Download from credible sources and official websites.
Be Vigilant When Installing Software. Don’t just keep clicking Next until the software downloads. Read the process as you go.
How To Make Your Weak Password Really Strong?
The problem with passwords is that you don’t want them to be hard to remember. But, you want them to be strong enough to be secure. A strong password should contain at least 8 characters, lower-case characters, at least one upper-case character, at least one number, and even a symbol. Try making it simple for you to remember as well as secure. Make sure to use your secure password only for important websites.
You can generate really strong passwords using sites like this. But, these passwords are almost impossible to remember. You can use password management software like LastPass to store all your passwords. It is generally a good idea to have a secure backup of all your passwords using password management software or some other tool.
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