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How to Create and Protect Your Passwords

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Grayson Rodriguez

May 24, 2023 | 7 min read
  • Privacy
  • Tips

 

Overview

 

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.

 

Contents 

 

What are the characteristics of a good password?

How to create a good password?

Some tools to guarantee password security

What not to do when creating a password

Some password knowledge

Passwords and MetroVPN ensure your online security  

 

What are the characteristics of a good password?

 

① Length

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!"

③ Initialism

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".

④ Mnemonic

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.

③ VPN

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.

 

Whether you are at home, in the office, or on the go, MetroVPN can provide you with the best online experience. With just one click, you can enjoy all the benefits of MetroVPN. Join MetroVPN now!

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