|While it's hard to remember each password for every account, users should still refrain from writing them down on paper or password books / Iurii Stepanov via Shutterstock|
In line with World Password Day on May 2, an initiative that seeks to raise awareness on the importance of password strengthening techniques, tech news site TechRepublic provided six ways individuals can enhance their passwords to ensure the security of their accounts.
According to TechRepublic, the approaches it describes are applicable to any password-reliant accounts and that this "further extends across platforms remaining a truly hardware-agnostic set of principles" that could be set up on computing devices, running multiple operating systems to guarantee the best security for all internet-enabled devices.
Complexity of password
Passwords nowadays should be as mathematically difficult to guess as possible, the tech news site says. This method could be done so by integrating numbers or symbols or both in coming up with passwords. Maximizing case-sensitivity along with alphanumeric passwords, and extending beyond the minimum password length, also helps in boosting password security.
Do not reuse passwords
While not reusing passwords on multiple accounts can be difficult and annoying, and does not guarantee safety from hackers, the tech news site says this method can still put another layer of complexity to managing the user's passwords.
In the event that one of their accounts does get compromised, the hacker will not be able to log in on their other accounts with the compromised credentials.
Layers and layers
Setting up two-factor authentication (2FA), whenever possible, adds another layer of protection to an account. TechRepublic says 2FA is a kind of multi-factor authentication (MFA), a mechanism that allows secondary authentication by sending a code to an external device, which then needs to be entered during a limited amount of time to allow access to the account. If one of the authentication factors is incorrect, the authentication automatically fails.
Don't write it down
While it's hard to remember each password for every account, users should still refrain from writing them down on paper or password books. Those who have access to these materials or the spaces wherein they are hidden can easily take note of that password and gain access to one's accounts.
Update your passwords
Some accounts give users default passwords when they sign up. The tech news site says users should immediately change these default passwords to a more personalized one since such authentication factor are stored away in a list of default passwords. It adds that users should also frequently change their passwords from time to time, especially if they encounter a hacking attempt.
Use a password management app
Password management apps like 1Password or LastPass are used to log account details and automatically generate complex strings of passwords that are stored within an encrypted block on the user's mobile phone or stationary devices to protect passwords. It also protects the accounts by comparing URLs being visited with their known secure counterparts to verify the validity of the site.