Creating passwords for accounts and mobile devices can sometimes be a hassle. You insert a password of your choosing on a site and it gives you responses like “not strong enough”, “too weak” or it automatically rejects the password due to use by another person.

The flip side to this is that most people use passwords that are easy to remember but a study by Verizon proves otherwise with findings showing that the majority of hacks leverage weak or guessable passwords.

That being said, here are some tips on how to choose good passwords.

Avoid common mistakes

According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), one of the ways to choose good passwords is to avoid common mistakes. These mistakes include using obvious passwords like prominent dates, a combination of birth date/year, birth dates of children or spouses, house addresses and even names.

With that being said, it is best to avoid the above mentioned as they can be easily accessed. Use a combination of letters, numbers, signs, and symbols.

Use long passwords

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in its guidelines advised that it was best to consider using the longest password or passphrase permissible (mostly 8-64 characters) while adding that a combination of upper and lower cases in long password will automatically enable a secure password.

Use different passwords on different systems and account

It is common knowledge that most people use one password for their social media, bank accounts and phone lock because it is easier to remember. However, using different passwords will ensure security on all grounds, taking away the possibility of “hack for one, hack for all”.

Pick something obscure

Use an odd character that is unfamiliar. For instance, use phnybone instead of funnybone. It is also advisable to use an acronym from a phrase or quote that you can remember or deliberately misspell a word to create a good and secure password. For instance, spell Stephanie as Steffaknee.

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