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3 Steps to Making Your Passwords More Secure

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We’ve all done it. We’ve all fallen into the habit (one time or another) of creating passwords that aren’t the most secure. The excuses are real and plentiful! 

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought or said one or more of the following:

  • I’m only going to use <childhood dog’s name birth year !> for my unimportant accounts. 
  • Is it really that hackable though? Who’s REALLY going to know what street I grew up on and my brother’s middle name?
  • What are the chances that I’m actually going to get hacked?
  • …. This is only temporary, I’ll do a password overhaul… later!

Yes, yes. We also feel personally attacked. Now is the perfect time to focus on securing our digital identities and our personal ID information (PII) that we store online. Here are three easy to execute tips to making your passwords more secure.

1. Do not use any personal information or personal dates in your passwords.

We know this is easier said than done! Your birth year? Nope. Your wedding anniversary? Try again. Birth year of your firstborn? Again, no. 

2. Avoid common substitutions. 

You may think that you’ve gamed the system with your “p@$$w0rd1985!” play, but we’ve got some unfortunate news for you–not quite the case. Though better than some alternatives, this is still very easily hackable and the only added layer of security it adds is in your mind. 

3. Password length is key!

Some experts say that this is really the crucial factor. Choose passwords that are at least 15 characters in length, minimum. 

At Thrivacy, we understand your pain points. Even in the example of password security, it’s easy to let things slide. Here’s one way we like to create our passwords; We think it’s easy to implement, it’s user-friendly and logical, and you can have fun with it.

The Sentence Method

The basic premise of this method (also known as the Bruce Schneier Method) is to think of a random sentence and transform it into a password using a rule. For example, if your sentence of choice is “My favorite restaurant in Pacific Grove, California is Jeninni” and your rule is the “first and last letter of each word” you’d have “MyfertinPcGeCaisJi”. 

  • No PII used.
  • No common substitutions.
  • 15+ characters.

Thrivacy helps you to own your identity without compromising it. We believe in a world where people are empowered through their identity; where people hold dominion over their private data, and benefit from its use by any government, private enterprise, and other third parties. You can trust that our decentralized verification process to turn your PII into secure Verifiable Credentials. 

We’d love for you to join our mailing list to stay up-to-date with our product announcements, news, and of course, more tips and tricks on protecting your PII!

 

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