Updated: Jul 28, 2019
Many websites require you to have a login - a username and a password.
This is especially important for websites that provide access to your financial information such as banking, superannuation, payment sites like Paypal or investment websites. Sites like Google where you may have email, store files online with Google Drive or have your images automatically upload to Google Photos need very strong protection as well. Many other sites need very strong passwords too.
Your passwords should not be the same on different websites, because if someone breaks into your computer and gets hold of a password they then try it on all of your other sites and they may just be successful. Having a different password for each site is far more secure.
It's just not safe to use the same #passwords for all of the websites that you need logins for - especially the sites that deal with your money or important files!
A #hacker could steal your money, make online purchases using your details and accounts or post inappropriate content anywhere on the internet or social media under your name.
How do you make a secure password that you can easily remember?
You are usually required to include:
to create a secure #password.
The longer it is the safer it is. 8 characters is not really long enough now - you are safer with passwords that are 12 – 20 or even more characters long.
Great huh? Secure yes, but how would you ever remember something like this? You can use a password manager to remember all of your passwords but you often need to input secure#passwords that you use frequently and it would be very convenient to be able to remember them.
Here is a link to a #Password Checking site. Always check your password first in a site like this. This will tell you how safe your passwords are.
Let's check these passwords for #security: try them in the suggested password checking site.
What did you find? How secure were they?
Let's make something that works!
The way to make a #long_password that you can remember is to use a sentence that means something to you. The best sentence is one to do with your past that will not change in your lifetime – you can then use it or variations of it forever and it won't become outdated. Use the first letters of each word to make your password. Then when you go to type the password just rattle off the sentence in your head. You can make any proper names as Capital letters (AB) and make symbols with and (+) or at (@). You can also use symbols like Dots (.) or Slashes (/) and place them between each letter to make the password longer.
eg. Sandy went to Boronia Primary School in craig street Roxton West @ 1983
eg. my dog's name was Buddy + he was 14 years old + she liked to play with socks
eg my father worked as an accountant with the National Bank @ in Townsville for 19 years
Now copy and paste each of these passwords into the online checker and see how they go.
What do you think? Were they secure?
You can make passwords like this that are very very safe and easy to remember using your own memorable life facts.
How do hackers get your passwords?
They usually lodge a small program onto your computer called a key logger that will record the keys that you press and then they try to get your passwords from the data that they collect.
You can use a #virtual_keyboard to enter all of your important passwords which then minimises your chances of a hacker being able to discover your password. Your key strokes then can't be traced.
To get access to a virtual keyboard go to the Search bar in Windows > run> osk
A virtual keyboard will appear on your screen - it looks like this - you can type your passwords on it with your mouse (no key strokes) and then minimise it until you need it again. You can also pin the On-Screen Keyboard to the task bar so that is easily accessible.
Try to make your own unique passwords that should minimise the risk of being able to be guessed or hacked. Just think of important past life events related to your hometown, school, house, pets, friends or transport that you can make meaningful sentences from - you should be able to make long and secure passwords that you can store in your memory. But nevertheless have a safe storage place for them somewhere else in case you forget!
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