Creating a strong Gmail login password is one of the best ways to secure your account and prevent a brute-force attack. Most people create passwords that are easy to remember and contain personal information or common words. While this may make it easy for you to log into your account, it also puts your personal information and email account at risk. Use the 5 tips below to create a strong password and better secure your Gmail account.
1. Generate Passwords through a Password Manager
Password managers often get a bum rap, but today’s managers are more secure and convenient than ever before. The good news is that most of these managers are free to use, and they allow you to generate strong, secure passwords with the click of a button. Once you’ve generated your password, you can save it to the manager and log into your accounts with ease. PC Mag has a great list of password managers that are reputable, secure and reliable.
2. Use a Mix of Numbers, Letters and Symbols
As a general rule of thumb, you want your password to include symbols, letters and numbers. It’s also recommended that you mix up letters by including both upper and lower case letters.
These passwords may be more difficult to remember, but they’re also much more difficult for hackers to crack. According to Google, eight character passwords that have a combination of letters, numbers and symbols are significantly harder to guess simply because they have 30,000 times as many combinations as an eight character password with all lowercase letters.
3. Enable 2-Step Verification
Gmail allows you to add an extra layer of security to your account through 2-Step Verification. It adds an additional step when logging into your account, but it also makes your account more secure.
Each time you log in, you will not only need your username and password, but your phone as well. Even if someone does get a hold of your password, they still won’t be able to log into your email because they don’t have your phone. Enabling 2-Step Verification is simple, and you can get started here.
4. Avoid Using Common Words and Personal Information
It may seem like a smart idea to use your personal information in your password. After all, a stranger can’t possibly know your birthday or your grandmother’s name, right? The problem is that hackers use sophisticated techniques to steal passwords, and using common words or personal information will make your account an easy target. Not to mention the fact that your friends or family could easily guess your password and gain access to your Gmail account.
The more secure and strongest passwords are those that contain a mix of seemingly random numbers, letters and symbols.
5. Create a Long Password
The longer your password is, the harder it is to guess or hack. Each time a new letter, number or symbol is added to your password, you significantly increase the number of possible password combinations. Long passwords also make you less susceptible to brute-force attacks simply because it will take the brute force program a significant amount more time to guess the correct password.
While the length of your password is important, it’s also important to, again, make sure that you’re using a combination of letters, symbols and numbers. The password “123456789” is 9 characters long, but it would be easy to guess because it only contains numbers.
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