The importance of a strong password

A strong password acts as the first line of defense against unauthorized access to online accounts such as you email account, your banking portal, your social network profile. With always evolving and sophisticated hardware that allows for faster password cracking via brute force dictionary attack, weak passwords are like leaving the front door of our digital homes wide open! A strong password that is at least 25 (but better if 35) characters and that contains numbers, lowercase and uppercase, and symbols can significantly reduce the risk for your password to be cracked and thus prevent unauthorized access into your online accounts.

Why you should enable two-factor authentication (2FA)

However, a strong password is not always enough to protect our online accounts from unauthorized accesses. It is important where you save the password (must always be in an ancrypted form) and who has access to the device where is saved and used the password. For example, an attacker may infect your computer and steal your password via password stealing malware. An important rule is to also enable two-factor authentication so in the event an attacker will try to login to your online account with the stolen password, you will get a confirmation request on your mobile or email. In this case just click the "Its not me" or simply do not allow the access.

Check if your email is found in a data breach

If you don't already know, there is a service named that collects information about data breaches and account details posted on online pastebin-like services or forums. It can be used to check if your email address is present in a data breach and you can also check what is the website from where the users data was stolen. If your email is listed there, then you should change your password for the speified website as soon as possible, and make sure to enable two-factor authentication and use a strong password that is always different from all your online accounts (never use the same password on other online accounts!).

A strong password is your first step in the battle for online security, don't skip it!