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Why passwords need security too?

The first wall of protection for every account is a password. Upon setting up a new account, people are always reminded to set this to strong combinations. But admit it, many still choose to use easy ones like 1,2,3,4.
Why passwords need security too?
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Protect your passwords too!

As more and more ways of hacking arise, it is important that we set a strong layer of protection from the beginning.

On this year's World Password Day, Google reminded users to NOT USE PERSONAL INFORMATION—like birthdays — when creating passwords. An ideal password is LONG and COMPLEX with at least 12 characters made up of a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters.

It may be challenging for some to remember a combination containing such characters, but Tatler Asia has a solution through the mnemonic technique.

So, think of the first letter of each word in a phrase or a song title, for example. Then, repeat the process for each service you sign up for online, as each password should be unique, it said. 

Aside from a strong, unique password, almost everyone, including us, advises users to use two-factor authentication.

Meanwhile, Business Insider said that using a password manager is also recommended, so there is no need to memorize or write down such important information. One company that offers such a service is Google. 

Its Password Manager helps users secure their password, and effectively protect personal information from getting compromised. 

This tool helps generate strong, unique passwords for all their online accounts while using Chrome.

It also saves all passwords in one place. The only thing you have to remember is your Google account password

Google's Password Manager will also notify you in real-time about unsafe or stolen passwords and will help you fix the issue with a single tap. Not only that, but this can also help in checking if any of your passwords have been compromised or are being used on different sites, thus would need some updating.

Have other passwords not yet stored in the Password Manager? No problem, since this has an import feature that allows you to upload up to 3,000 passwords at a time from different websites.

Once you have achieved created a reliable password, the next question is whether should you change it often.

While the majority advise changing passwords every few months, say every three months, experts interviewed by Business Insider said otherwise.

Unless you become aware of a password breach, there is no need to change your passwords regularly if each is a strong, unique password. This is even more true if you are using two-factor authentication, Dave Hatter, a cybersecurity consultant at intrust IT was quoted saying

Moreover, when people change passwords frequently, they are more likely to end up using simple ones, which “make their passwords weaker and more easily hackable in the process,” Gabe Turner, director of content at Security.org, also said in the interview.

Treat your password like your house's padlock. Make sure it’s secure to keep the thieves out of your home.

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