How to make your password safe
A strong password
is an important part of guarding personal information accessible from the
Web. Coming up with a password that is both memorable and strong is not
always easy, though.
One way to generate a safe password is to think up a sentence. Take the first letters from each of the words in the sentence and you'll generally have a new password that is neither easy to guess nor is found in the dictionary, say experts. Those two factors make the password harder to crack.
The passwords can
be strengthened even further by adding numbers into the mix. Or even type an
entire short sentence, typos and numbers included.
Even if you take
time to devise a difficult password, you should not use it on every site --
from free online mail providers to Facebook. A separate password for each
site is key.
Never `remember' password
Donít ever select the `remember my password' option and avoid saving your password on your PC; it is the first thing a hacker will target. Malware can be used to search your PC for stored passwords.
Try changing all your passwords every two to three months. In fact, most banking and online trading sites compulsorily make their users change password at regular intervals.
Avoid sequential passwords or using passwords derived from the use of adjacent letters on your keyboard; this will not make your password secure. Also, avoid using only look-alike substitutions of numbers or symbols.
Top 10 worst passwords
'123456' is the
most common password used by people on the Internet. Obscenities, names of
fast cars and even ncc1701 -- the ship number for Star Trek's Starship
Enterprise, have made it to the list of top 500 worst passwords of all time.