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World Password Day 2023: Know tips to create strong passwords for all your accounts

On World Password Day 2023, check out the best tips to keep your account safe by creating strong passwords.

| Updated on: May 04 2023, 15:05 IST
Use passkey to sign in to your Apple iPhone; no password required
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1/5 If you are an Apple iPhone user, you will not have to remember passwords now as you can use passkeys to sign in on their iPhones. Passkeys give iPhone users a simple and secure way to sign in without passwords by relying on Face ID or Touch ID to identify them when they login on supporting websites and apps. (HT Tech)
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2/5 "A passkey is a cryptographic entity that’s not visible to you, and it’s used in place of a password. A passkey consists of a key pair, which—compared to a password—profoundly improves security. One key is public, registered with the website or app you’re using. The other key is private, held only by your devices. Through the use of powerful, industry-standard cryptography techniques, this key pair helps ensure a strong, private relationship between your devices and the website or app," Apple said. (HT Tech)
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3/5 The iPhone stores the passkey in iCloud Keychain, so it is available on all your devices where you are signed in with your Apple ID (iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, or tvOS 16 required). Here is all you need to know about passkeys. (REUTERS)
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4/5 How to save a passkey for an account: Depending on the website, browser, or app, saving a passkey to your iPhone and iCloud Keychain usually consists of steps similar to these. On your iPhone, do one of the following: 1. For a new account: On the account sign-up screen, enter an account name. 2. For an existing account: Sign in with your password, then go to the account management screen. When you see the option to save a passkey for the account, tap Continue. And your passkey is saved. (AFP)
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5/5 How to sign in to an account on your iPhone with a passkey: On the sign-in screen for the website or app, tap the account name field. Tap the account suggested at the bottom of the screen or near the top of the keyboard. If your iPhone has Touch ID, follow the onscreen instructions to verify your identity. Otherwise, Face ID verifies your identity. (Apple)
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Set up strong passwords for all your accounts. Check the best tips. (Unsplash)

Setting up a password is an easy, but tedious task, especially if you're active on multiple platforms. Of course, the process is annoying and time-consuming and it's a pain thinking of new passwords all the time. Then comes the most mind-consuming task of all, remembering them. Although simple passwords are easy to remember, it also means an easy job for a hacker to crack it within a few seconds. Therefore, it is vital to set up strong passwords to safeguard all your accounts.

Therefore on World Password Day, learn the best tips and practices to set up a strong password which will keep your accounts away from the hands of hackers.

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1. Do not reuse passwords

ALWAYS keep a different password for different platforms. Although setting up a common password makes it easy to remember, it can also lead to all your accounts being exposed with the leak of just 1 password. With just one hack, cybercriminals can get access to thousands of passwords and use them to try and access multiple accounts.

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2. Use random combinations

Passwords that contain a mix of characters, numbers, and symbols are more difficult to guess and are therefore less likely to be hacked. Hence, it is advised to use a random combination that is only remembered by you to keep your password more secure.

3. Keep long passwords

Short passwords are easier to guess, and cybercriminals can have a field day if they get access to your accounts. Thus, you should aim for a password that is at least 8-12 characters long as it takes longer to figure out.

4. Use 2FA/MFA authentication

Adding a double layer of security to your accounts wherever you can is imperative. Most platforms offer additional security layer options like OTPs via email and phone number, etc. Use them, you can never be too safe.

Satnam Narang, Sr. Staff Research Engineer, Tenable says, “Leveraging features like two-factor or multifactor authentication (2FA and MFA respectively) can help users ensure their accounts remain secure even if their passwords are exposed somehow.”

5. Do not share/write down passwords

Do not write down your passwords on paper. Also, do not send them on social media like WhatsApp, Facebook etc. either. If you cannot remember, and you must write them, then do so in an inconspicuous notebook and keep it in a very safe place.

6. Use a password manager

If it is extremely difficult for you to create and remember unique passwords, then a password manager can come in handy. It can help you manage multiple passwords that you have set up for different platforms and it can also create complex passwords for you. Moreover, it does not only create complex passwords for you, but it also stores them securely, away from prying eyes.

“These tools can help users generate strong and unique passwords that they don't have to remember, and they can use browser extensions to auto-fill their credentials into the right website,” Narang says.

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First Published Date: 04 May, 15:02 IST