By Shivangi Chawla
10 MISTAKES THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER DO WHILE CHOOSING A PASSWORD
Passwords and pins still continue to secure all digital services be it email, social media, banking, e-commerce apps and others. Even phones and other smart devices are primarily secured by them. While secondary methods of authentication like bio metric and two-factor have developed we are still somewhat left to use passwords for almost everything that we do digitally. This forces us to remember so many different passwords and make it difficult. Having said that it is important to not use password shortcuts to overcome this stress.
Using the same password for all important online services.
It is important to use different passwords for different platforms to stay safe. Using the same passwords makes it easier for hackers.
Using old passwords or pins to secure new services.
Always avoid old passwords while setting up a new account. This is because hackers can always manage to get a list of expired passwords from the dark net through any database leak.
Storing passwords on Gmail, Google Docs or any other online service.
After you have set a new password, don’t store it as a simple text document as a draft in your email or anywhere online.
Saving passwords on internet browsers so that you don’t have to remember them.
Always avoid saving or allowing Chrome or any other browser to remember your passwords. This makes all your passwords vulnerable in case you visit any malicious website or there is malware in your system.
Not using two-factor authentication makes your profile vulnerable.
Two-factor authentication offers an extra layer of security and makes it harder for hackers.
Using birth dates, anniversaries or any other types of dates as your password.
Always avoid using any important dates as passwords or pins as these can be easily guessed. For example, if your birthday is on 25 July, don’t use 2507 or 0725 as pins.
Using any type of names as passwords.
Avoid using names of cars, planes, famous people, friends, etc as passwords. Names can again be possible to guess and is one of the most common mistakes.
Using any phone numbers as passwords.
Using phone numbers as passwords is the most common mistake people usually make.
Not changing passwords frequently makes your profile vulnerable.
If you don’t change passwords occasionally then it makes you vulnerable to hacks.
Using Aadhaar number or serial number of any other documents as passwords.
This is another common mistake. Serial number of government documents are publicly available and using them as passwords is not a good idea.