How to create an EASY-TO-REMEMBER, but STRONG password?
To create a strong password, you need to prepare and answer four or more questions. The trick is to choose personal questions and avoid the common – and therefore easier to guess – security questions used by banks and other websites. The questions that work best are based on your own unique life events. For example, if you once failed your history exam because you chose the only question you weren’t prepared for, then the appropriate question would be: “Which question did I fail on the history exam?” The more absurd the better!
We know that it’s difficult to come up with such personal questions on your own, so we’ve listed a few examples from which you can get some inspiration. Even if you use these, try to figure out at least one question on your own!
Here is an example how to combine answers into a password:
- Name of your favorite author = Bukowski
- Longitude of your favorite place = 65000
- A destination you wouldn’t go = North Korea
Now, combine the answers: Bukowski65000NorthKorea
Bad password management habits:
“It can’t happen to me anyway”
You think your account is worthless to cybercriminals
“It’s tiring to even think about it”
You are lazy to pay enough attention to passwords
“I definitely won’t remember of it”
The simpler the password, the easier it is to use
“Basic methods are enough for me”
Instead of a password manager, you keep passwords in Excel, in a notebook, on a sticky note, or under your keyboard..
TOP 10 worst passwords (Forbes):
Why is it important to use strong, unique passwords?
Most data theft is caused by weak or poorly stored passwords. It is a daily practice for badguys to hack websites, user accounts and make publicly available username/password pairs associated with email addresses. This inspires others to see if any other work or personal user accounts belong to the same person. This is how business secrets can become public or even private savings can disappear.
What are strong, unique passwords?
A password is strong when it contains at least 16 characters, lower and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols, and it’s unique if it’s used only for one user account.
Challenges in managing business passwords
Business and personal password management goals are very similar, yet businesses can generally suffer more damage from poor password management.
It is common for employees to store their passwords on sticky notes or in an unprotected Excel table, which are easy to access, so even password-protected data is no longer classified as a secret.
Most companies don’t put enough effort into managing permissions, and some users actually have more than they need. The goal is to ensure that everyone has access to only the business data they need to do their job.
How to protect your company’s sensitive data?
- Store passwords encrypted in a secure password vault such as PassMan!
- One password should belong to one account!
- Use strong password policy!
- Log your activities!
- Use multi-factor authentication!
- Limit users’ privileges!
- Request e-mail alerts so you can intervene in time when a problem occures!
- Generate super-secure passwords!
- Change your passwords at regular intervals!
Does a password manager make sense?
Since we have to keep in mind and constantly exchange more and more username and password pairs, the password manager is slowly becoming an indispensable tool, both in private and business era.
In the latter case, the situation is complicated by the fact that the company’s affairs are handled not only by you, but by a whole team. Paswords have to be shared among your colleagues to enable the basic operation of the company (bank accounts, company servers, various web interfaces).
In this case, your password manager must be able to:
- control the access of several people at the same time (this is what private password managers cannot do)
- protect business-secrets with access management, activity logging, pre-set password changes, or secure login without password.
- easy-to-use (it has to help the continuity of workflows)
The PassMan Password Manager is a tool specially developed for enterprise conditions, containing the above mentioned features!