7 tips on how to create passwords that won’t be hacked

Did you know that 78% of Gen-Z users use the same password for several online accounts¹? Having a single strong password may be okay…if it passes the security tests. Here are a few ways to ensure your password won’t get hacked:

1. Don’t make it easy to guess

Having a password that’s easy to guess starts with making it like other passwords. Here’s a list of the most common passwords that are easy to forge:

  • 12345
  • 123456789
  • qwerty
  • password
  • 111111
  • 12345678
  • abc123
  • 1234567

Having a strong string of characters that are hard to guess will keep your information protected.

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2. Avoid brute-force attacks

A brute-force attack is a cryptographic hack that tries different passwords until it’s rightly guessed. Computers can check anywhere from 10,000 to 1 billion passwords per second. Create a password that’s longer than eight (8) characters to avoid this cyber breach.

3. Avoid dictionary attacks

Dictionary attacks happen when a computer inserts real words for passwords — along with other characters and numbers — to discover your password. Avoid this by using misspelled words or fake words instead of real ones.

4. Use the revised passphrase method

Instead of using one word, consider using a passphrase as a password. A password with 15-20 characters is ideal. Something like…

TheCowJumpedTheMoon

To increase the difficulty of this password, consider adding numbers and special characters:

Th3CowJumped!ThEM00n?

5. Use the sentence method

Create a password by creating a memorable sentence and then take the first letter of each word as a password. Something like this…

My sister likes to play the piano with her hands.

This sentence would translate to…

Msltptpwhh

Add special characters to increase its safety.

6. Use your memory on a random password

If you lack creativity and need a little help creating a password, then consider using a strong password generator. This will help you make a unique password that only you can use. The downside to this is that you may forget the password if you don’t write it down on a piece of paper.

7. Use a password manager

An online password manager will hold all your unique passwords for you so you don’t need to remember them. Do use, however, a very strong password that protects all your passwords.

This way of doing it isn’t exactly the best idea because if you need to access your account in a pinch, you won’t remember the password. Write down the password on a piece of paper and keep in a password manager to help you remember.

Remember these important password tips:

  • Don’t make it easy to guess your password.
  • Avoid logging in on public wifi networks so your username and password cannot be intercepted.
  • Use two-factor authentication as often as you can.
  • Don’t give out your password to anyone online, in text, or in email.
  • Protect your email address from phishing scams (check it on Avast.com/hackcheck)

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¹ https://dataprot.net/statistics/password-statistics/

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