in this day and age where everyone is recommending password managers and the like, one is left with one question. How safe is your password?
A password is more of a key to the online world for which we keep our secrets and also store our sweet memories.
A simple google search on an example of a strong password yields more than a polytherian of results, with suggestions that a password similar to Passw0@123 is very strong.
But another search on password breaches containing the above password states that it’s not as strong as they suggest.
How strong is the Password?
With the above in mind, therefore, one may ask what should a strong password be?
A strong secure password should be memorable, random, have at least 2 uppercase and lowercase letters, a symbol and 3 numbers with a minimum total character limit of 9.
Implying that if your password is at least 9 characters or more and has such features you can guarantee that it is secure and strong for anyone to break.
An example of such a password could be P@77M0rd which is random and memorable because if you ask me for my password I will just delete all vowels, swipe letters for numbers and there we go.
Of course, you could use something like https://techiecream.github.io/sites/ Robins to generate all your passwords and use whatever password manager you can find to save you the problem of having to remember it.
Except for google’s password policy where one password can be used for say password.google.com or mail.google.com, most sites require different passwords for their services.
Google’s password policy comes back into their official chrome browser which more or less works as a password manager both offline and online.
Thus it stands to say that password managers are the last line of defence when one has got a breach. From chrome password manager to firefox you can always save your password.
Depending on which password manager you use your password may be as safe as the operating system you use.
With disregard for the online password managers, most of the password managers are not safe for use and may soon become a source of a breach.
Someone with physical access to your computer can easily steal all your passwords by simply plugging in a flash in your PC.
It is a different case if you have two-step authentication enabled for example as they may need a code sent to your device or another account to be able to successfully log in.
In this regard, therefore, it is of paramount importance that you don’t download files especially PDF or programs from unknown sources.
A simple PDF can be used to for example copy files from your PC to an online file service or even WhatsApp if telegram is out of reach.
Given the current epidemic, someone could send you a link to a website that guarantees to keep you safe from coronavirus only to extract all your firefox passwords to their server to be decrypted later.
Even a simple script like https://github.com/techiecream/TheSwissRobin./blob/master/robinVer22.bat can become deadly in the hands of the work people.
The best way of guaranteeing that your secure password is safe is by enabling two-step authentication on all your accounts.
Furthermore, if you must use any other browser apart from googling chrome, make sure you use a master password and if all fails at least try using the online password managers.
Better still you could resort to using your iPhone for all the sensitive works you have to do
Trust But verify