Having a secure password for your email and website logins is the single most important thing you can do to avoid being the victim of hacking, fraud and other related criminal activities.
Before we explain how to create and manage secure passwords, let’s look at how passwords are stolen and the potential consequences.
Acquisition and Consequences
The main way passwords are stolen is by using a “brute-force” attack. As the name suggests, the thief will use a piece of software which will keep banging against your user account until is guesses your password. Brute-force attacks are especially successful if you use dictionary words and names, as the software will check your password against every word in the dictionary and any common name within minutes. Conversely, if a secure password in used, it could take hundreds of years, making it not worth the hackers’ time and in practical terms un-crackable. The thing to remember is that anything can be hacked, it just depends whether it’s worth the time and effort.