Unit 4


2. Create or find a classroom resource that teaches students about creating strong passwords, passcodes or passphrases.

A strong password is one that you cannot guess or crack using a Brute Force attack. Hackers use computers to try different combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols to find the right password. Modern computers can crack short passwords consisting of only letters and numbers in seconds.

As such, a strong password consists of a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special symbols, such as punctuation marks. They must be at least 12 characters long, even longer the better.

Overall, here are the key characteristics of a good, secure password:

  • At least 12 characters long. The longer the password – the better.
  • Use upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special symbols. Passwords that include mixed characters are harder to crack.
  • Does not contain easy to remember keyboard sequences.
  • Not based on your personal information.
  • The password is unique for each account you have.

When you set up an online account, there will often be a prompt prompting you to include numbers or certain characters. Some can even prevent you from setting a “weak password,” which is usually an easy-to-guess combination of words or numbers.

But even if you’re not prompted to set a strong password, it’s really important to do so, whenever you’re setting up a new online account or changing the password for any existing account.

So how to choose a password?

Today’s experts advise us: “Choose a sentence of your own and its meaning must be personal”. This makes your password unique but easy for you to remember.

  1. Effective password generation and management program

With each website that requires creating an account to be used like Facebook, Instagram, etc., it is extremely difficult to “remember” login passwords because each account will have its own password. .

Therefore, using a password management program is the solution to help you manage the “password chain” most effectively. Just create a password that is strong enough and easy to remember.

If you use a password manager, there’s only one thing you need to remember, and that’s your master password. Think of a password manager as a digital vault that keeps all your logins secure. You just need to enter the correct code to access that store of information.

So, try one of the methods in the following section of the article to create a master password, then use that to store the rest. This also means that you can find really special codes that no one else would think of – because you don’t even have to remember them.

It’s important not to use the same password for multiple accounts, and password managers simplify that.

 

Some good password managers also generate passwords for you, so you won’t even have to create your own!

There are many effective password managers that you can choose from, but I believe Dashlane is current the best contender.

Dashlane can easily use applications on a single platform, the program is also integrated on Web browsers and basic features are completely free to use.

  1. Tips for creating strong passwords

2.1. Create a password with at least 12 characters

Choose a password of sufficient length, between 12 and 14 characters is reasonable. Multi-character passwords are always more secure than passwords with fewer characters.

2.2. Combination of alphanumeric characters, symbols, uppercase letters, lowercase letters

Using a password consisting of different characters increases the security and safety of your account. When using these types of passwords, it is difficult for hackers to “hack” your account password.

2.3. Create a rhyming password – Nursery Rhymes

The method that many people like to use and also have the ability to ensure good security policies on the Internet, even when asking for passwords up to 15 characters long, is the rhyming password method.

You can rely on a verse, your favorite sentence, count the number of syllables, choose the first letter of each syllable to combine into a secure password. At the end of the password, you can add special characters such as exclamation point, question mark, etc.

For example: “Today it is very sunny. Kittens go to school with nothing!”

Is a verse familiar to you. So the password you can generate is:

“6tIIvsKgtswn!”

It’s a strong password, 16 characters long including numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and at least one special character.

In a nutshell, the best password is one that has your unique personal touches. You can use the methods above or combine them to suit you best. The above are suggestions to help you create a password that is strong and virtually unbreakable but easy for you to remember.

 

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