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Steps of having a hackers free password

Incidents of hacking and cybercrime are becoming a pain in the neck with every passing day and it’s extremely worrisome given that billions of users are always on the internet. Inorder to further secure ones online activities and accounts, one must use a “Layer Up”.

The term “Layer Up” basically means adding another layer of security to ones passwords. You can add a 2FA layer or a dynamic IP layer on top of your password to make it much more secure. However, the first thing that you need to do is have a strong password. Most times, people tend to use their name, boyfriend’s, parents or even pet names as their password, which is clearly not the way a password should be.

Some Tips Includes:

* A strong password should be a combination of characters such as commas, per cent signs, parentheses, upper-case letters, lower-case letters and numbers. e.g. (tr1&Ma81tstr0ng%), though its hard to remember but certainly not easy for hackers to crack. You can always get a password manager to keep all your passwords safe, like LastPass, 1Password, Bitwarden, and others. However, the generating part is where you need to put in a little work.

* Make your password as long as possible, to make it extremely hard for a brute force attacker to crack your password, because the less character you have the easier it is to gain access.

* Do not use a word that would be in the dictionary or letters that are sequential on a keyboard. If your passphrase does not make any sense then it harder to crack.

* Do not use obvious details like your name, date of birth, place where you live in the password. All of that can easily be discovered online.

* To keep your online identity safe and secure, you need to keep changing your passwords at regular intervals. And never use the same password ever again.

* Enable two-factor authentication. This will help you even if your password gets compromised. As the hacker would require the OTP that you will receive to further gain access.

* Do not keep one password for all your accounts, as it will become the master key to your life, which if lost or forgotten, will have serious consequences.

Keeping aside device security, passwords are the final key to ones data. 1234 is not a password. Apart from applying different types of combinations of characters and numbers, it’s important to make different passwords for different applications, accounts, and devices. The objective of passwords is to authenticate and authorize the user. However, we have almost replaced the passwords with biometrics and facial recognition technologies which bears some privacy issues but still are an effective way to secure ones account or devices.

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