A strong password keeps the criminals away from your data.
Make it long, complex and musical.
If you want to keep your data (e.g. fotos, documents, private information) safe, a strong password is key.
Strong passwords contain at least 10 characters that consist of numbers, upper and lower cases plus special characters.
In addition, passwords should never be used twice.
Each account deserves its own password: instagram, twitter, ricardo, email and eBanking clearly.
Here are two options:
Once possessing your password, attackers will try to gain as much information about you as possible – and then sell it to the highest bidder.
Don’t feel special, the most money is made out of password data packages. With the help of programs attackers try all the login data automatically. This takes no time and no effort.
The password is used to access your accounts
Attackers are not hacking manually one account after another. They don’t have to.
Special programs are designed to try all possible character combinations. An 8 character string of upper and lower cases has 200 billion possible combinations, but it takes only one click and 470 minutes for this program to have calculated and tested all of them.
However, for some passwords it’s worth putting some effort. Passwords for your eBanking or ricardo account are very lucrative. Having them means getting your credit card data.Common methods are guessing on basis of information found online, observing someone typing in their password or tricking people into revealing their passwords.
Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach on:https://haveibeenpwned.com/
Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) is a free resource for anyone to quickly assess if they may have been put at risk due to an online account of theirs having been compromised or 'pwned' in a data breach.
By now, a lot of online services are offering to log in via 'two factor authentication' (2Fa).
Doing so, your identity is not only verified by your password but also by an additional component, such as e.g. a SMS code, a one time password or your fingerprint.
An example for 2fa in our every day life is using an ATM.