Your Complete Guide To Setting Up Safe Passwords



Three words essential for you when using a PC at home and school. No matter what you’re up to - writing an essay, doing a group project or researching out of curiosity on a topic a PC that’s password-protected at all times is a must.

Imagine if you didn’t have house keys to open your home’s front door, the very same way you need a password for logging into your PC, email accounts, online learning resources and social media channels that you use on a regular basis. By keeping the following guidelines in mind, you will be able to protect what matters:

1) Enable Multi-Factor Authentication

This Password Day, the theme is #LayerUp. By adding a mobile or email OTP you’re giving your account another layer of security. This will add one extra step to your login process but gives you powerful protection against cyber crimes like identity theft and social media account hijacking. [1]

2) The Longer The Password, The Harder It Is To Crack

Instead of making your password just a word and a couple of special characters, make it a long sentence. It may or may not follow a sequence but do make sure you remember it! Also, don’t limit yourself to English - use your mother tongue or any other language you’re familiar with to come up with a strong password.

3) Avoid The Obvious - Names, birthdays & the city or town you live in

At first, it may seem easier to do so but the more unique your password is - the better for you.


4) Mix It Up - Capitalize letters, add symbols & add a random word

@#$% with random capitalization will make sure your password is difficult to guess. Avoid using these common passwords: [2]

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. password
  4. admin
  5. 12345678
  6. qwerty
  7. 1234567
  8. 111111
  9. photoshop
  10. 123123
  11. 1234567890
  12. 000000
  13. abc123
  14. 1234
  15. adobe1
  16. macromedia
  17. azerty
  18. iloveyou
  19. aaaaaa
  20. 654321

5) Never Reuse A Password

Something, we’re all guilty of from time to time, it’s best to have a separate password for every account that you use. What you can keep common is a number, special character or theme such as food, countries etc.

Once you get the most out of your PC, studying will be a breeze.

PS: Do check out Twitter for more #PasswordDay stuff for you!

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