How to Create and Protect Your Passwords
Passwords are a way for us to authenticate our online identities, protecting personal information, financial data, and privacy. However, if our passwords are too simple, commonly used, or easily guessed, we may be at risk of hackers attacking and stealing from us. Therefore, creating and protecting strong passwords is critical.
What are the characteristics of a good password?
At least 8 characters long, preferably 12 or more
② Character types
Contains upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special symbols
③ No personal information
Does not contain any personal information such as name, birthdate, address, etc.
④ No common words
Does not contain any common words or phrases such as "password" or "123456"
⑤ No repetition or sequence
Does not contain any repeated or sequential characters such as "aaaa" or "abcd"
⑥ Independent passwords
Use different passwords for different websites or services
How to create a good password?
① Random Password Generator
Many websites provide random password generation services. Generating random passwords is a good way, but make sure that the website providing password generation service is trustworthy.
② Phrase or Sentence
Use a phrase or sentence as a password and replace some letters with numbers or symbols, such as "I love MetroVPN!" can become "1l0v3M3tr0VPN!"
Take the first letter of each word in a phrase or sentence and add numbers or symbols, such as "MetroVPN is the best VPN service" can become "M1tbV5".
Use an easy-to-remember story or image to associate with your password. For example, you can imagine that you purchased a year of service on the MetroVPN website and received a confirmation email, so your password could be "M1y5c3".
Some tools to guarantee password security
① Password Manager
A password manager can help you store, generate, and autofill your passwords. Similarly, make sure that the service provider offering the password manager service is trustworthy.
② Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
Two-factor authentication (2FA), which requires an additional verification code after entering your password, means that even if your password is compromised, hackers cannot log in to your account.
Use a virtual private network (VPN), such as MetroVPN, which can encrypt your network traffic and prevent hackers from stealing any data you enter or transmit online.
What not to do when creating a password
① Do not use personal information
Do not use any information related to you, such as your name, birthdate, address, phone number, etc., as your password.
② Avoid common words
Do not use any common or easily guessed words or phrases such as "password", "123456", "iloveyou", etc., as your password.
③ Avoid service-related words
Do not use words or phrases related to a website or service, such as "facebook", "gmail", "netflix", etc., as your password.
④ Do not use the same password
Do not use the same or similar passwords on different websites or services so that once one password is compromised, your other accounts will also be affected.
⑤ Do not record your password
Do not record your password on paper or electronic devices as it can easily be discovered or stolen.
⑥ Do not share passwords
Do not share your password with anyone, even someone you trust, as they may accidentally leak or misuse your password.
Some password knowledge
① Change your password regularly
Especially when you find or suspect that your password has been compromised.
② Check if your password has been leaked
Be aware of and avoid phishing attacks, which are emails or webpages impersonating legitimate websites or services that lure you into entering your password or other sensitive information.
③ Use a secure network connection
Try to avoid logging in to your account or entering your password on public WiFi or untrusted networks.
Passwords and MetroVPN ensure your online security
Password is a way to ensure your online security, preventing hackers or other malicious parties from accessing your personal information, financial data, and privacy. Passwords are just one part of online defense ; you also need to use MetroVPN to protect your network connection. MetroVPN is a fast, secure, anonymous VPN service that can:
① Hide IP address
Hide your real IP address and location, so you are untraceableon the internet.
② Encrypt network traffic
Encrypt your network traffic, allowing you to browse the web securely.
③ Unlock geo-restricted content
Unlock global content, giving you access to all websites and services.
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