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How to make a secure password

How to make a secure password

Do not tell me that they have again discovered the password of your e-mail box! I told you so clearly: finding it was a real child’s play, much more than stealing a candy from a child. It is useless for you to cry on the spilled milk now. You had to choose a safer password. How do you say? Have you convinced yourself what to do and would you like to go further into the question trying to figure out how to make a secure password? Oh, finally! So let’s do this: take a few minutes of free time all for yourself and concentrate on reading this article of mine, which focuses on the subject.

In the following lines I will provide in fact to explain in detail not only what are the rules that generally should be taken into account to be able to create a keyword-proof hacker but also how to make sure that the password you choose is actually reliable . For completeness of information, I will also provide you with some useful programs and services that you can use to store in a simple but secure way all your login data. In this way, you will be able to offer you the choice of complex passwords without the “anxiety” to forget them or where to have them all on post-it with the risk not exactly remote that can still be found.

Then? Can you know what you’re still doing them? Position yourself comfortable in front of your trusted computer (or grab your smartphone or your tablet, you can read my tutorial and put into practice the operations described below also from mobile) and focus on the information and instructions that you find below. I sincerely hope that in the end you can feel very happy and satisfied with what you have learned and above all that finally your passwords will become inviolable. I wish you, as usual, good reading!

Go immediately to ▶ ︎ Guidelines for a secure password | Create a secure password | Test passwords | Keep your passwords

How to make a secure password – Guidelines for a secure password

To begin with, let’s try to understand how a secure password should be composed, at least on paper.

Taking into account the fact that creating a keyword able to guarantee a good level of security is practically unavoidable in order to preserve its data, especially with regard to the use of this or that other online service, in the first place a good password must be at least eight alphanumeric characters and must contain special characters, such as @ # $% ^ &.

When trying to create a secure password, it is also a good idea not to use common words such as “password”, birthday date, user name or words that can be read in the dictionary. In addition, they are always alternated between upper and lower case. I bet your previous passwords did not follow any of these rules, did you?

How to make a secure password

Ah, I almost forgot, another thing that is essential that you take into account is the fact that, always in the face of a greater degree of security, you must use a different password for each Internet site to which you decide to subscribe. In this way, if someone were able to find the password of one of the services to which you are registered, you can not in any way access the other sites that you generally use. All clear?

How to make a secure password – Create a secure password

From the theory we now pass to practice. Creating a perfect password (in terms of security) and possibly even easy to remember is possible thanks to a small trick. Now I’ll explain everything!

First, think of something important to you: an event, a place, a name. The thought must be at least 8 characters long. To give you a practical example and to simplify the concept as much as possible, I will use my name: How to do For (yes, space must be considered as well).

Now, make the following substitutions to the characters of the term you have in mind: replace the “a” with “@”, the “s” with “$”, the spaces with “%”, the “o” with “0”, the “i” with “!” and the “e” with “€”. Do not replace uppercase letters. In this way, “Salvatore Aranzulla” becomes “$ @ lv @ t0re% Ar @ nzull @”. A password, definitely difficult to find, do not you find?

But it’s not over yet! To your new password, add at the end the name of the website where you use it to have a different keyword. For example, when you sign up on Facebook you could add at the end of your password “F @ c € b00k” and have a password like “$ @ lv @ t0r €% Ar @ nzull @% F @ c € b00k”. Et voila!

How to make a secure password

If then instead of using the trick above you prefer to rely on appropriate tools used, in fact, the automatic creation of a password, or rather a table with the characters to be used to build safe keywords in your place I suggest you try the service offered by the Internet Password Chart website which, in a nutshell, does “dirty work” for you.

Then connect to the home page of the site, type a sentence or letters randomly in the text field that you find under the heading Enter a phrase to create the password chart: and check the boxes next to the items Include numbers? and Include punctuation? to generate the card, the one you will see on the right, which will allow you to create your passwords including, respectively, numbers and punctuation.

How to make a secure password

To save the card as an image in such a way that you can always take it with you in digital format or perhaps in order to print it and store it on paper, capture the portion of the screen with the card, in fact, following the instructions that I have provided in my tutorial on how to make screen. Then save the image obtained on the device in use, in the position and format that you deem most appropriate.

If you want to make sure that the Internet Password Chart site generates a secure password for you, please fill in the field below the words Enter a password to convert using the chart: with the word or phrase you want to use for your password. Once this is done, you will see the password processed by the site appear lower, taking into account the previously generated graph. Comfortable, right?

How to make a secure password

How to make a secure password – Test the passwords

You followed the instructions above to make a secure password but now would you like to understand if the keyword you generated is really such? To find out, you absolutely do not have to ask the hacker on duty! You can do everything using some online services, as in the case of The Password Meter.

Do you wonder how to use it? I’ll tell you right away! To start with, connect to the service home page and then type your password in the text field next to the word Password :, above. In correspondence with the Score field: you will then be shown the security level of the password expressed as a percentage, while in the Complexity field: you will find a comment related to the degree of complexity.

If you then want to understand on the basis of what criteria the site has considered your secure password, you can take a look at the additional details below regarding the complex number of characters used, symbols, numbers etc.

How to make a secure password

As an alternative to the Internet site of which I have just spoken to you or if you are looking for a further comparison, you can rely on the tool to test the level of password security made available by Kaspersky, the well-known software house committed for years in the development of antivirus solutions (and not only) for all major operating systems.

To use it, connect to the relevant Web page and then enter your password in the Test your password field located in the middle of the screen. Once this is done, you will see the verdict appear at the bottom of the page. In this case, you will not be given a detailed response to the password entered, but you will simply be told if your password can be easily cracked or not, because and in how much time.

How to make a secure password

Another site similar to the previous ones you can appeal to is How secure is my password ?, sponsored by Dashlane, a famous password manager. It works in a more or less similar way to the services already visited but provides some less info in the response.

To use it, connect to its home page and then type in the password you want to test in the Enter Password field on the screen and … wait for the verdict you will see appear below. You will be told the alleged time taken by a hacker to find your keyword, the degree of length as well as, if necessary, indications to further increase the security of the same.

How to make a secure password

How to make a secure password – Keep your passwords

At the beginning of the guide I anticipated that in addition to explaining how to make a secure password I would have provided some good systems for archiving in a practical way but at the same time to “scrape” all your passwords.

Assuming that there is no place safer than your mind to store all the various passwords but that the memory can often play tricks bad, especially when it comes back to us having to remember a bunch of different keywords, to simplify the things but without lowering the guard you can turn to special programs and / or app to store all the passwords guarding them in turn through a single master password, a password manager in short. In this way, you will have to remember only one keyword, the one you will have to type to unlock the manager. In short, a nice comfort!

How to make a secure password

I would also like to point out that this kind of resources allow the automatic filling out of the access forms of all online services, social networks and Internet sites without jeopardizing the user’s security and privacy. They are usually compatible with all major operating systems and integrate seamlessly with all popular browsers.

So you ask me what are these tools for this purpose? Well, take a look at the list that you find below through which, in fact, I proceeded to indicate all those who seem to me to be the most reliable and useful tools in the category. In their basic form they are all free but offer features (optional) for a fee.

  • 1Password – According to the most it is one of the most complete and reliable programs to manage and store passwords available on the square. It has a user interface that is very easy to use and allows you to keep all passwords for access to Internet sites, online services and Web applications in a secure manner. In order not to miss anything, it also allows you to generate complex passwords. It is available for all major operating systems, both fixed and mobile.
  • LastPass – This is a popular password management service compatible with all major browsers and operating systems. Allows you to store in a real digital safe all data access to online services, forums, social networks and so on and talk and synchronize data via the Internet.
  • Dashlane – It’s the password manager I told you a few lines above when I was explaining how to test the security level of the chosen keyword. As in the case of the other resources that I have already described, allows, through the use of a single password, to store many more, even complicated. In the basic free form it is a bit lacking in options (for example it does not offer a synchronization system) but for starters it can go just fine. It is usable on all major operating systems (fixed and mobile) and web browsers.

If you think you need more information about it, you can refer to my article on password programs and to my tutorial on how to keep passwords through which I have just arranged to talk to you about the functioning of the above resources with greater detail.

How to make a secure password