One of the best ways to improve virus protection is to make more secure passwords. This will prevent viruses and hackers from accessing your online accounts and stealing or damaging precious files, documents, and data.
On the other hand, for you to be able to recall the special login and secret word for each site you visit on the web, you will have to have a high level of photographic memory. To reduce the probability of losing a login, most people opt to utilize the same username and secret key over the sites that they often visit. While this is indeed better than writing down all your individual login information on a sheet of paper, which could likely get lost, or on a word document, which can be accessed by anyone, this is still considered risky and dangerous by many professionals. If a programmer or a hacker is able to phish your password from one of your accounts, it will be real easy for him or her to get access to all your other records, files, accounts, and data.
What makes a password more secure and effective for virus protection?
According to experts, a password that can be considered secure and highly effective to ward off hackers and viruses is one that is:
- difficult to be phished or guessed or figured out
- easy to create in order to save time when creating numerous accounts consequently
- easy to remember so you won’t have to write it down or use a generic password for all the sites that you access frequently
How to make secure passwords that are effective for virus protection?
An article from Lifehacker provides a very cool trick in creating highly secured passwords that only take a couple of minutes to create and are very easy to recall. This method is especially great if you have a number of online accounts that require logging in. You don’t need to create a generic password for all of your accounts. You can make a unique one for each site without worrying about forgetting them.
Here’s an easy step-by-step on the method introduced by Lifehacker.
1. Think of 4 to 5 letters that are easy for you to remember. You can use any combination of letters or initials that you want as long as it is not a real word so it will be difficult to get hacked. You can use your own initials or the initials of your loved ones, children, friends, favorite state, favorite malls. Options are endless.
• Next, think of 2 numbers that you like best and that you have no problems recalling. Some examples include the present year, month, or day when you were creating the password or your birthday. Your password should have both letters and number as this is what most websites require today.
2. And to make the password unique for each site you have an account with, take some letters off of the name of the site. In the article from Lifehacker, they suggested using the first two consonants and first two vowels from the name of the site. For example, if you’re making a password for your Facebook account, the last 4 letters would fcaa. Or you can also make your own combination. Just make sure it is not difficult for you to recall.
The great thing about this method is that you don’t have to remember the actual password. All you need to recall is the formula on how the password was created and you’ll automatically remember what password you are using for that particular site.
Contact PCRx Computers now to learn more about creating highly secured passwords that are effective to boost your computers’ virus protection.
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