When it comes to passwords, it’s no surprise that many people choose to use words that are easy to remember and important to them. Unfortunately, this means that cybercriminals can easily hack into their accounts.
If you find yourself using the name of your pets or employers in your passwords, you have a high chance of becoming a statistic for negative password hygiene and falling victim to email hackers. and other cybercriminals.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to create a tamper-proof password for your accounts so you can stay safe in the uncertain digital landscape.
Weak passwords to learn
It goes without saying that bad password behavior will put your security at risk. Although you’d think professionals would know how to create secure passwords in 2022, many people fall into bad password habits because they think their account isn’t worth enough to hackers.
This, in turn, creates a cybersecurity threat to everyone in their network. Others who are often hacked only change their passwords when their service or email provider asks them to. Many other cybercrime victims use obvious phrases or numbers in their passwords, such as their employer’s name, pet’s name, and birthdays or vacation dates.
Create a tamper-proof password by making sure you change your password often instead of having to be prompted, and never reuse the same password once you’ve changed it. Never use your own name or your employer’s name in a password to enhance security.
Include numbers and special characters everywhere
Incorporate special characters and numbers into your password to create one that is truly unique and tamper-proof. Replace some letters with special characters that look or sound like them. For example, you can use “@” instead of the letter “a” or the number “8” for long A-sounding vowels.
Use a password manager
Password managers are a great modern tool that can protect and encrypt your passwords. These managers can keep your passwords safe from cybercriminals who want to steal your information. Password managers can also create long passwords filled with numbers and special characters and save them in your browser.
Use two-factor authentication
Microsoft reported that using multi-factor authentication can make your account 99.9% less likely to be compromised. By signing up for two-factor authentication, you can receive a push notification sent to your phone or email whenever there is a successful login attempt on your account. Two-factor authentication will make your password tamper-proof as cybercriminals will hit a dead end even after a successful login attempt.
Use a VPN in public
Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs for short, can protect you from prying eyes. Public Wi-Fi is one of the biggest threats to your cybersecurity, and using a VPN will make your password tamper-proof since your online presence is virtually undetectable.
How to make your password inviolable
Now that you know several statistics about password security and weak password errors, you can put them to good use. Not only should you create strong passwords with long characters, but you should also enable two-factor authentication for all of your accounts. Also, if you use password generators and password managers, you can increase your security and keep your passwords in an encrypted place.
By learning from the mistakes of others and following password security trends in 2022, you can create tamper-proof accounts across email, social media, and banking institutions.
Lydia McAllister is a content marketer with experience writing compliance and security topics for Secureframe.