Password security: Protect accounts properly and create a secure password - this is how it works!
Cyber criminals nowadays use various methods to get their hands on data. If they are successful, the damage to the victims is usually great. And that despite the fact that the catastrophe could usually be prevented with a few simple safety measures. We take a journey on the topic of passwords and share tips on how to protect your own accounts.
Your own passwords are usually the weak point. If you look at the list of the most regular passwords used by Germans, this is clearly visible.
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The most used passwords in Germany (2021)
How is it in other countries? This blog post contains an infographic with the most common passwords by country – such as “ashley” in the UK or “iloveyou” in the US.
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As you can see, not a few Internet users find it difficult to choose a really secure password. A Proproblem that most companies have already recognized. It is now common practice to set minimum requirements for users when choosing passwords.
The requirements vary from website to website. While some sites are content with a single special character, others may want a few numbers as well.
That's a good idea, but unfortunately it's no longer enough. In this article, we will therefore show you even more useful tips for really secure passwords.
How to create a strong password
- No names or dates of birth
- A long password (8 characters is the absolute minimum.)
- Upper and lower case letters
- Use special characters and numbers
- Use each password for only one account
- Whenever possible 2-factor authentication use
True to the saying "double is better than one", 2-factor authentication is a real hit for more security. In addition to the password, a security code is also required to log in. This is sent to your smartphone via SMS and must be entered for successful registration. Solutions with apps that display a one-time code for 30 seconds are also established.
A password manager can be useful if you use many different services and are concerned about losing track of your passwords. Ultimately, password security should not become a memory test.
Are my passwords still safe?
As a user, it is often unclear whether your own passwords are really strong enough. After all, you see again and again that websites are hacked and the passwords have reached third parties.
If these passwords have been used multiple times, the thieves can log into multiple accounts at the same time.
You can find out whether your account is also affected by such a leak on data protection pages such as haveibeenpwned check. All you have to do is provide the relevant email address or telephone number to see whether you are affected.
Should I change passwords regularly?
Some websites now require their users to change their passwords regularly. Noisy Expert recommendations However, this measure does not provide additional security.
If you keep the usual password, it is usually easier to remember it. Unless you are explicitly forced to change it, then changing your password regularly does not make sense.