No matter where you go on the Internet, chances are you have to sign up for an account to get the most out of whatever website, blog or service you are using. While some sites do not require you to sign up, you can get additional benefits and features for doing so. Whenever you create a new account, you should make sure you are choosing a username and password that is secure. This protects not only your account but your personal information as well.
Our guide will show you how to create a secure username and password, as well as how to manage multiple usernames and passwords for ultimate account security.
How to create a secure username and password
Whenever you sign up for just about anything online, you have to create a username and password. Many Internet users opt to use the same username and password for multiple, if not all, websites they use frequently. Not only is this unsafe, it is absolutely foolish. By using the same username and password, you are setting yourself up to be completely compromised should someone get a hold of that solitary username and password.
Ideally, you should at the very least use a different password for every online account you have.
When you sign up for any website, blog or service, it will have requirements for your username. You will need to follow those to create a working username.
In the case of signing up for a Google account, they make it relatively easy to create a username.
For some websites, however, you have much more stringent rules to follow.
Your username, technically, should be something completely unrelated to you if you truly want to protect yourself and your personal information.
When it comes to your password, you want to ensure you have as close to an uncrackable password as possible. No password is 100% foolproof if someone really wants to crack it. However, you can take steps to prevent this.
The first step is to follow the rules the website asks you to follow for creating a password.
Google is rather easy, but they will give you a judgment on whether they believe your password is strong or not. The actual rules that govern the password creation are rather slack.
When creating a password, you want to make use of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols if possible. A combination of these helps make the most secure of passwords. Some websites actually let you use spaces and underscores to utilize phrases and other words to make a password. In fact, if you use these rules and do not include a real word or identifying a word in your password, you can create a secure password.
Again, you should always use multiple passwords for everything you do online. At the very least, you should be using different passwords for different things. For example, you should never use your online banking password for anything else online. You also should never use your e-mail password for anything else as well. You always want to ensure maximum security for the most sensitive of information online.
How to use multiple usernames and passwords
Now, you may be asking yourself, how on Earth do you manage multiple passwords, usernames to ensure security online?
Of course, the most secure way to manage multiple usernames and passwords is right in your head. However, we are human and we do not always remember the simple things in life. If you are worried about managing multiple usernames and passwords, you could utilize a password manager to do the hard work for you.
We have covered several password managers at TechNorms, including KeePass and LastPass. There are a wide variety of password managers out there, some more easy to use than other and finding the right one is all about trial and error. You have to truly trust a password manager in order to feel secure in using it.
You never, ever want to manage usernames and password by saving them on your computer. Many computer users will utilize a text document to do just that, but if your system is every compromised, hackers will have access to that text document. Then, they have everything they ever need to get into every single account your use.
Why do you need a secure username and password for every account you use?
The surefire way to protect your information and privacy online is to use a single username and password for each and everything you do online. While this may seem cumbersome and frustrating, it is one of the best ways to prevent your accounts from being compromised. Coupling this with a password manager, you can stay on top of your online accounts and keep yourself safe while using the web.