Whenever you sign up for an account online, the program behind the password box tells you, whether or not the password you chose is weak or strong. Well, it’s only a method to prevent its decryption manually. (This is only to protect you against hackers who can easily guess simple passwords.) The advanced malware and viruses of today are capable of cracking any password within 100 combinations per second. So it’s really important to know how secure your password is. Practically every password is possible to crack, but this can be prevented with a periodic password change and making sure you log out when you sign off the account.

Hackers have progressed so much since the 1990’s. They’ve remodeled everything they used to do for cracking passwords and have found new and innovative ways of beating the system. Even if you have locked your password in a safe directory,hackers can still track it if they want. The time they use to discover a complex password has decreased from hours to minutes. Take a look at this password [grandeurruednarg], no human could easily figure it out, but a simple computer malware attack can by finding the pattern used. The password is written as “grandeur” and the second half of it is the reversed form of the word.

A recent study by IBM mentioned the use of a Trojan virus called “Citadel” which is effective in cracking secured password managers. This virus sits idle on your system for an indefinite amount of time and suddenly starts tracing the key logs when a user performs a specific operation. The password is targeted for special kinds of password managers that are available for free such as KeyPass, Password Safe and Nexus Personal Security Client. The virus is, proof that the hacker community has become smarter than ever and that we need to be more serious about creating stronger passwords. By 2015, advanced passwords will use things  like biometrics, DNA and iris scans which will be able to secure your property or assets more effectively. Until then, feel free to follow these tips to help you avoid password hacks.

How to create a secure password:

  • Use a password that’s not related to you, something completely unique, visit this link if you want some assistance in creating a secure password. There are many websites, which can instantly give results for how long will it take to hack your password.
  • Change your passwords periodically over time, before it gets compromised.
  • Try to avoid patterns: Passwords like “9oi87uy65tr43ew2” would be impossible to decrypt manually. But, for a malware software, it’s just another keyboard pattern keeping the adjacent keys together while typing backwards.
  • Avoid names, places and dictionary words.
  • The Golden rule: Keep it Lengthy, at least 12 characters or more.

Although these tips will not create a “forever” password for your Gmail account, they will buy you enough time from hackers to change it before you become a victim.

 

Do you change your password often?

Do you use any password managers for saving your complex pass phrases?

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