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A strong password is vital in order to protect your private information including, but not limited to, bank account information, credit card information, other financial stock or bond information or access to private files. When information of this nature is uncovered by hackers, it can cause major damage to the victim.
The damages from the data theft that might occur could be catastrophic from financial ruin to homelessness. This is why if you store vital information using cloud based server solutions, you must use a strong password to properly guard your computer account and files.
There are certain ways someone might try to get your password, all of which can be done with enough persistence; although all of the methods used are not as simple. For example, someone may try to use a method known as a dictionary attack. This method can be employed online using a program to automatically check passwords and usernames against a pre-built word database until it finds a match, or may also be used offline with access to an encrypted database of usernames and passwords. The most challenging attempt at unearthing the password, known as brute force attacking, is not simple but yields results. A brute force attack uses principles from the dictionary attack, as well as a variation of alternative methods to retrieve the password.
The problem with passwords is that people simply have too many of them to remember. Most people choose easy passwords because of this, usually dates, names or events. Easy passwords are also easy to guess, especially if the person trying to access the password has a hunch on what it might be due to knowing the victim. When creating a strong password, it is important to remember a few basic techniques. For example, a strong password uses characters from three out the possible four character groups. The character groups include lower case and upper case letters, numerals and symbols. Symbols include any character that is not defined as a numeral or a letter. These are characters such as an exclamation point, question mark, asterisk, percentage sign, dollar sign and so on and so forth. Another important tip to remember when creating a strong password is not to use the username in the password. This is another common mistake as it makes it easy to remember the password. Finally, a password needs to contain at least six characters, but may contain as many as 127 characters if the user finds it necessary.
There is one solution that is gaining steam across the board, password managers. These solutions can be either hardware devices or software, and will save your passwords for you. By doing so, you no longer have to enter in your password when visiting sites, allowing for stronger passwords. This drastically lowers your chance of being hacked online, giving you peace of mind when browsing. So create those strong passwords, then forget them!
About the Author: Luke is an online writer who has tried many password manager tools.