Remember all your passwords? We’re in a technological lag, where introduction of biometric recognition systems remains slow.
Meantime, all you need to is follow these simple rules:
- Don’t have a ‘universal’ password for everything
- Avoid “easily identifiable personal info” e.g. your football team or your own birthday.
- Include numbers as well as letters
- Mix up upper and lower case characters
- Change heavily used passwords every 6 months
- Never email or store passwords electronically
So… how can you easily comply with all this!
- Swap alpha with numeric
Start with something obvious: password.
Swap letters for similar looking numbers and vice versa. so it becomes p@55w0rd.
- Next, misuse capitals
Unlike email addresses, passwords are ‘case-sensitive’. Use capitals in an unconventional but memorable position: P@55w0Rd.
- Now ‘salt’ your password
A cryptography technique: add extra characters in an unconventional position. Eg relatives birthday or your car reg for letters. If your uncle was born in 1935, using YY format and salt the password to P@55w035Rd.
- Hold down shift key when you type numerics
So 35 becomes £%, making your password P@55w0£%Rd.
- Make password unique, by matching it to it’s use
If someone were to gain your password, ensure it doesn’t give access to somewhere more serious, like email. Salt passwords with 3 characters relating to the site. eg for Gmail: P@55GMaw0£%Rd.