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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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8 tips to make your passwords harder to crack



Paraphrased suggestions from a Wired magazine article to make your passwords harder to crack -

  1. Don't reuse passwords. If you do, a hacker who gets just one of your accounts will own them all.
  2. If you must a dictionary word as your password, then string several together into a pass phrase.
  3. Avoid standard number substitutions. Think “P455w0rd” is a good password? N0p3! Cracking tools now have those built in.
  4. Use the longest possible password.
  5. Enable two-factor authentication when offered. 
  6. Give bogus answers to security questions - not something hackers can get through social-engineering
  7. Scrub your online presence so that your personal information isn't easily available.
  8. Use a unique, secure email address for password recoveries.
Also see: Don't let Chrome & Firefox remember your passwords on a shared computer


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