How to Improve Password Security
Oftentimes, users don’t bother with password security, believing that “user123” is strong enough. The point is that if anything happens, they will most likely blame the store owner. So, how to protect your clients, when they do nothing for it? Here is the list of tips that may help you.
Make It Longer to Make It SaferA basic rule of passwords creation that is always left forgotten. “Thanks” to special algorithms, hackers may get almost all the possible 4-characters combinations. Passwords of even fewer characters don’t exist at all. The point here is simple: the more characters a password has, the harder it becomes for a hacker to crack it. Most resources allow passwords of no less than 6 symbols, but you can set the minimum length of as many characters as you wish. The longer, the better.
Change the Default PasswordIn order to save clients’ time, some resources require only an email for registration, giving new users ready-made passwords. Though these websites strongly advise customers to change it later, not everyone actually does it. Such behavior may endanger the whole account security and make users’ private information be stolen. How to deal with it? You may softly, but constantly remind your users of password change by email. You may set a huge pop-up on their second or third visit, recommending them to add a new password. Or you may use your own solution. The main point here is to inspire clients to change their passwords.
Set Password Rules for SafetyLength plays an important role in providing security. However, the right pickup of symbols will make a password harder to be stolen. In other words, if your password contains not only small letters, it will be way safer. The list of how to vary a password is large. You can use:
- Upper- and lower-case symbols;
- Special symbols like dots and hyphens;
- Spaces and so on.