Strong And Secure Passkeys.
Creating strong and secure passkeys for your online accounts is essential these days, in order for you to keep your online accounts safe from hackers and yourself safe from cybercrime.
We all have sensitive information kept in online accounts such as banking, utility, mobile phone and social media accounts etc, and a hacker would only need to go to the login page of any online service and would be at your front door.
You really need to create strong and unique passkeys and usernames for all of your online accounts to make them impossible for hackers to break into them, and where possible change the username to something other than the default username as provided by the service that you are using, for example, many online accounts have the word ‘admin’ as the default username.
What you need to do is change the username to your name and add some extra characters if possible, such as letters and or numbers, to distinguish you from other users that have the same name as you. Also, you need to create a strong and unique passkey for each account that you have.
Creating Unique Passkeys.
It is no good using your child’s name, or the name of your pet or any other name for a passkey, as this could make it very easy for a hacker to try and guess. A hacker only needs to go on social media and look at what you have posted in your Facebook account to find out details about you.
For example, if you posted on Facebook something about your mobile phone provider, a would-be hacker would know the name of your mobile phone provider, and then he would look for more of your posts, such as the one you made last week about your dog ‘Rover’, and as he already knows your name, he potentially has enough details to be able to break into your online phone account.
So you really need to create a strong and unique passkey such as in this example; ‘B93qNNiG#r^9f9LW’.
If you look closely you will see that this passkey has 16 characters, upper and lower case letters, numbers, special characters and does not spell any name or word that can be found in the dictionary, making it a very strong and unique passkey.
But how do you create strong and unique passkeys I hear you ask? Well in answer to that, you would need to use a passkey management program that contains a passkey generator, that will enable you to quickly create and manage your logins and passkeys on all of your online activity.
As you can see in the screenshot on the left is the passkey generator that is within Roboform. It is is very easy to call up and use, as you are able to change the criteria of the passkey to suit the credentials of the website account that you are signing up to in just a few clicks i:e, you can change the number of characters, include or exclude hexadecimal, upper or lower case letters and numbers.
There is also an indicator to show the strength of the passkey that is being generated, and once you have generated a new passkey you are able to copy and paste it into the required website and Roboform will offer to save it for future use.