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How to create a strong password: Tips and tricks

To create a strong password, avoid using phone numbers, addresses, birthdays, your name, family members’ names, or pets’ names. World Password Day: While the introduction of biometrics and passwordless authentication has made things quite effortless for many users, the majority still prefer to use a password to keep their online data safe. However, this method is

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World Password Day: While the introduction of biometrics and passwordless authentication has made things quite effortless for many users, the majority still prefer to use a password to keep their online data safe. However, this method is also quite vulnerable to hackers as people still choose to use “12345” or “111111” as their passwords, which are one of the most commonly used passwords to date. Below listed are the 10 most used passwords of the year. Check if your password is as secure as you think: Also Read - How to check PF Balance Online

Most commonly-used passwords of 2022

Here’s a list of passwords most commonly found on the dark web, due to data breaches in 2022, as per a report by Lookout, a cybersecurity firm: Also Read - How to delete Twitter account temporarily

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123456789

Qwerty

Password

12345

12345678

111111

1234567

123123

Qwerty123

On the occasion of World Password Day, here are the tips you can use to create a secure and strong password.

How to create a strong password

  1. Do not use phone numbers, addresses, birthdays, your name, family members’ names, or pets’ names as your password
  2. Always use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols for your passwords.
  3. Steer clear of the commonly used passwords like “qwerty” or “123456”. A list of such passwords is given below
  4. Secure passwords should be at least 16 characters long to avoid data breaches or cyberattacks.
  5. Do not use dictionary words as passwords as hackers use malicious software to scan for such words in a dictionary and crack passwords

Password management tips

  1. Always opt for two-factor authentication (2FA) to add an extra layer of protection to your accounts.
  2. Ensure all apps you are using are authenticated and are downloaded from the official app stores.
  3. If you think, you will forget a password, use a password manager to remember
  4. Always be aware of text messages with suspicious links as they tend to hack into your device and steal sensitive information
  5. Keep changing your passwords regularly

 

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