Kaspersky Lab has released a password strength checking tool, which tells you how long it will take someone to crack your password.
“In earlier times, a six-symbol password was safe enough, now users need to invent combinations, which consist of at least eight symbols, but 15 is always better,” said Kaspersky Lab.
Kaspersky Lab has published a list of the right and wrong ways to use passwords.
- Lexicalized words, proper name, and other combinations are no good when it comes to passwords.
- Don’t use a foreign word, written in English letters. Hackers have special dictionaries, which contain such combinations, so this method gives no additional security at all.
- It’s better to invent and memorize reliable passwords.
- A good way to remember a password is to type it on a keyboard about a dozen times.
- A good password should always contain figures and special symbols.
- Never share your password with anybody, as well as the method you used to create it.
- If you share a PC, a laptop, or a tablet with your family members, never tell them your passwords
- You should use unique passwords for your most important accounts, especially for your email, online bank, and social networks.
- Apart from traditional passwords, you should enable two-factor authentication on all important accounts.
- If you are sick and tired of all these discussions about passwords, you can use a special piece of password software.