In this digital world, a strong password is your best friend.

Too often we read about looted bank accounts, hacked emails and identity theft.

With these tips you can create strong passwords for all your accounts in no time.

The most used password in the world is still '1234556'.

For hackers it is a piece of cake to crack that.

When they try to break through your password, they often use brute force.

They then use computer power to try out the most popular passwords on your account or go through all the letters of the alphabet until they hit the mark.

That means long passwords are harder to crack.

After all, there are more signs that need to be guessed correctly.

It is therefore recommended that you create passwords with at least twelve characters.

It also helps to use numbers, capital letters and punctuation marks.

passphrase

How do you come up with a password that is safe, but also easy to remember?

It is best to come up with a passphrase.

For example: 'If I could, I'd be in New Zealand 365 days a year'.

To make it even more unrecognizable, you can then shorten it to your new password: Ahzk,zi365dpjiN-Z.

Make sure you make a sentence in which you use capital letters, punctuation and numbers.

Incidentally, hackers do not always use brute force to enter your account.

They often look up personal information about you, such as the name of your pets or your partner.

So do not use anything in your password that can be traced back to you personally.

Multiple passwords

One password is not enough these days.

It is not recommended to use the same password on all your different accounts.

If a hacker is in one of your services, he or she can immediately access everything.

A good trick is to always change the password for the account in the same way, so that you can easily remember it in a way that is not visible to hackers.

For example, take the first three letters of the account type and move them up one spot in the alphabet.

The 'Fac' of Facebook then becomes 'Gbd', from the 'Gma' in Gmail we make 'Hnb'.

The new password for your Facebook account will then become GbdAhzk,zi365dpjiN-Z.

password manager

If you want to get rid of all that hassle, it is useful to use a password manager.

These services, such as 1Password or LastPass, store all your passwords in a digital vault.

In addition, they recommend that you use secure passwords, which are completely random and therefore difficult to crack.

These services sometimes cost money.

Also, don't forget to use two-step verification on your most important accounts, such as your email and social media accounts.

You will then receive a text message with a code if you want to log in or you have to read a code from an authenticator app.

Even if a hacker knows your password, he can't get in without your phone.

If a strong password is the lock on your digital door, then two-step verification is another padlock.

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