Scammers and hackers are vigilant and every time come up with new methods to get your sensitive information. And it’s not so much about tricky ways of cheating, but about your passwords and how to store them. Having a strong password is the #1 task for anyone using the Internet.

There are two common ways to store passwords – online and locally on your device. It’s hard to say which one is best. Because, both methods are not 100% reliable. It all depends on your preferences and trust.

Hackers repeatedly attack Password managers. If their system does not have proper protection, then any fraud with “direct hands” can easily access the client database. Accordingly, it will have all available information about users on this program. On the other hand, more and more news is emerging as a particular hacker distributes software that “pulls” for him all the data from your device. And to become a victim, you don’t have to do much. Just go to the “wrong” site or click on the wrong link. Or just download the file from the internet.

Your data is protected as
much as the storage system of your choice

If you choose to store passwords on your device, you do not need to save them in plain text. It is better to use encryption. Most of the available tools use AES-256 (symmetric block encryption algorithm).

How to create a strong password

Never use your passwords or logins – name, surname, date of birth. This information about us is very easy to find, so it will be easy to find the key to crack. Moreover, forget about these and similar passwords:

  • 123456
  • password
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • 12345
  • 123456789
  • admin
  • login
  • parol

If you use many services – mail, social networks, video services, etc., I have one piece of advice for you. You must always create a strong password. But remembering a few sets of numbers and letters is very difficult. My advice is to create a password for certain phrases that are relevant to a particular platform. This will be a character set that is known and understood only by you. And if you use a different language on your keyboard layout, it will be even better. Remember, the longer the password, the better. Be sure to alternate numbers and letters, both uppercase and lowercase.

Example of Strong password

To create a strong password you should implement these steps in your password:

  1. Uppercase Letter
  2. Lowercase Letter
  3. Symbols
  4. A Character/word that only you know
  5. More than 8 characters long

If you chose to save in Password Manager

There are so many of them today. If you spend a little time questioning knowledgeable people, then you can find something worthwhile. It’s best to choose managers who offer both paid and free features. Such applications have better protection, and many may lack the free version. Instead, programs that offer only free functionality should alert you. They may be using this as a bait to sell your data. Someone called me paranoid, and I’ll tell you it’s better to be safe!

Of course, every browser for your PC is capable of storing passwords. You can find all saved passwords in its settings. Only then, you will have passwords from websites. Instead, you will need to save the passwords from the application accounts separately. For a smartphone or tablet, the situation here is a bit easier, as you can easily access not only websites, but the application you need on both Android and iOS.

There are also special extensions for browsers on the PC that fill in all the forms automatically. But do not forget that there are many spyware programs that attack browsers to retrieve your data. So, here you choose – convenience or safety?

Do not use autocomplete

All password managers offer auto fill. This is a quick and convenient way for you to sign in. And for fraudsters – easy prey. In the event of a phishing attack, they will easily access all platforms. Also, if your device is suddenly stolen, autocomplete will make it easier for thieves to work.

As a result, I would like to point out that there is no perfect, 100% convenient and secure way to store passwords. Unfortunately, such are the realities of the modern technological world. The best method can be to store an encrypted text file. But if you’re a little paranoid, have something to hide, or just don’t want to share your data, come up with your own scheme and keep your passwords in your head or on a regular piece of paper. Agree, who in the age of the electronic world will look for them there ?!

Sarah Walker
Sarah's curiousness of technology drove her to check out and review emerging products, be it weird or appealing she loves everything there is about tech.
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