How to Select a Strong Password Without Forgetting It?

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Using weak passwords is becoming a norm now. It can have disastrous effects for both the employees and the company. And with the increasing security breaches in SaaS businesses it becomes imperative …

Using weak passwords is becoming a norm now. It can have disastrous effects for both the employees and the company. And with the increasing security breaches in SaaS businesses it becomes imperative to protect your digital identity by choosing a strong password.

This presentation explores various best practices and concepts which you can use to set strong passwords while still remembering them.

And if you want to go a step further and don't want to remember passwords, you can use Single Sign-On system like SmartSignin which also ensures complete security and privacy of your credentials.

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  • 1. BLOG How to Select a Strong Password Without Forgetting It? @PerfectCloudInc
  • 2. 3 Major Characteristics of a Password  Length of the password  Unpredictability  Complexity Above mentioned characteristics increases security of the password but also makes it difficult for the user to remember them. With the task of maintaining multiple passwords this problem escalates further and gives rise to Password Fatigue, leading to poor security. SmartSignin | How to select a strong password without forgetting it. 2
  • 3. Few Best Practices To Keep In Mind  Do not use personal information like birthdays, home address, phone number etc. in your password.  Avoid using common words from dictionary. Dictionary attack is a common method to crack password  Change the default password if any.  Do not use repeated words like ‘johnjohn’ or ‘kittenkitten’.  Password should be of at least 8 characters. Lengthier the password more difficult it is to crack.  Password should always contain a mix of upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters.  Change your password often. Strong password policy is necessary to uphold security.  Don't give out your password at any suspicious or unsolicited places.  Always set different passwords for different applications.  Never write down your password or share it with someone else. If required, write down a hint. SmartSignin | How to select a strong password without forgetting it. 3
  • 4. HOW TO SET DIFFICULT PASSWORDS ? (5 Concepts) Use Phrases Add Service Name Keyboard Patterns ^-^ Use Padding 198753 Use Numbers SmartSignin | How to select a strong password without forgetting it. 4
  • 5. Make Use of the Phrases Select any of the common, easy to remember phrase and use the first letter of each word to make a password. For example: If you select a shorter phrase you can add numbers and special characters to make it longer and complex.. You can lead a horse to water - Yclahtw A fool and his money are soon parted - Afahmasp Barking up the wrong tree - Butwt SmartSignin | How to select a strong password without forgetting it. 5
  • 6. Use Complicated Keyboard Patterns Select a particular pattern on the keyboard to form a password. For example: • • Press 2nd key from right and left end of the keyboard from particular rows and then similarly the 5th key. This can generate a password like 1*a64=c/ Do not use a simple keyboard pattern like ‘qwerty’ or ‘zxcvbnm’ or ‘12345’ as these are easy to crack. Selecting a letter on the keyboard like ‘d’ and typing all the surrounding letters in clockwise or anti-clockwise direction with a mix of uppercase and lower case letters can form ‘serfcx’ or ‘SerFcX’ which can be further strengthened like ‘SerFcX13@#’ SmartSignin | How to select a strong password without forgetting it. 6
  • 7. Add the Name of the Service You can add name of the service to Further replace some of the letters with your password to make it lengthier. special characters to make it complicated. You can lead a horse to water – You can lead a horse to water – Yclahtw or YclahtwGmail Yclahtw or YclahtwGm@iL A fool and his money are soon parted – A fool and his money are soon parted Afahmasp or AfahmaspYahoo Afahmasp or AfahmaspYah()() Barking up the wrong tree – Barking up the wrong tree – Butwt or ButwtFacebook Butwt or ButwtFaceb##k SmartSignin | How to select a strong password without forgetting it. 7
  • 8. Use Padding You can use a combination of special characters in between your base phrase to make it complicated. For example, If your password is ‘Yclahtw’ taken from the phrase ‘You can lead a horse to water’ then you can add combinations like ‘<->’ or ‘^-^’ or ‘|**|’ anywhere in the base phrase to make it lengthier and complicated like ‘Yc<->laht|**|w’ Come up with your own combinations and make your password complicated. ^-^ SmartSignin | How to select a strong password without forgetting it. :) 8
  • 9. Replace Vowels with Numbers You can select a base phrase and replace all its vowels with numbers. Each vowel can be replaced with a particular number which will make it easy for you to remember and will also make use of different characters. Use Leetspeak as your guide. For instance, "a" becomes "4" and "e" becomes "3". For example, ‘Yclahtw’ will be changed to ‘Ycl5htw’ where letter ‘a’ is replaced with ‘5’. SmartSignin | How to select a strong password without forgetting it. 9
  • 10. Helpful Tools Never use these common passwords Check the strength of your password using The Password Meter You can generate a random strong password by using Strong Password Generator. SmartSignin | How to select a strong password without forgetting it. 10
  • 11. What’s The Problem?  Not everyone can set complex passwords and still remember it. The solution to not remembering numerous passwords is to use a Single Sign-On solution which lets you add all your applications in a single dashboard which can then be accessed with a single click. Now go on and set strong passwords for your accounts and don’t forget to look at SmartSignin in case you want to avoid the hassle of re-typing the passwords repeatedly. Read this white paper on Single Sign-On to learn more.  Weak passwords, password sharing and absence of password policy in the company can lead to disastrous situations. It can degrade the reputation of the company or can cost an employee its job. Read more on how to avoid it. SmartSignin | How to select a strong password without forgetting it. 11
  • 12. To understand the presentation in depth read the following article – How To Select a Strong Password Without Forgetting It? About SmartSignin SmartSignin is a Single Sign-On and Identity & Access Management suite that helps in managing the online identities and the access of employees, customers and partners to the company resources. SmartSignin is a product of PerfectCloud Corp. Being an Identity Management service provider, SmartSignin works on a unique patent-pending SmartKey algorithm which allows users to manage their own decryption keys for their critical data. This architecture provides users with complete security and privacy. To know more: Visit SmartSignin Website. If you have any queries or feedback, contact us by filling up the form on the following link Contact SmartSignin SmartSignin | How to select a strong password without forgetting it. 12