The answer is, of course, that nothing will make you completely secure, but there are a number of measures that any computer user can take to reduce the chances of being a victim of a hacker. Since your password protects all the resources of your system, including your email and other important online accounts (banking, brokerage, etc.), it is very important to choose a strong password that will complicate my work. Understand that there is NO password that I can’t crack if I have enough time and CPU cycles, but like everything else, I first attack a low-hanging fruit.
This part will be devoted to additional protection of your password from a brute force attack (password search) by adding special symbols to it. Speaking of special characters, we usually mean keyboard characters &^%^$#@)_|/, but in fact there are much more special characters and some of them can only be entered using a table of special characters (so-called unprinted characters).
Most password recovery programs use only standard special characters, so they will knowingly be powerless against your password. But even if the program can check the characters you use, it is unlikely to be feasible in practice: it is too rare and makes the search of all possible options too complicated.
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The main drawback is that not all systems are sensitive to the zero width sign, so your trick will not work everywhere.
Secret 2. False clicks.
Imagine the situation: you type a password, and at this moment the camera on the ceiling is carefully watching every movement of your hand, every keystroke; and no matter how complicated your password is, don’t doubt that the intruders will have it.
You can protect yourself against this threat by covering your hand with something to enter the password. This is what many experts working with special information do – and this is a sensible step, we also recommend you to cover your hand with some object or at least with another hand when entering important passwords in unknown places.
You can go further: they say that Edward Snowden, while in Hong Kong, used to enter passwords under his blanket. Admittedly, this is a great way, but it is quite difficult to imagine that when you come to an unfamiliar office, you will climb under the blanket and start entering the password.
For such situations, there is an easier way to protect yourself from peeping – add false clicks to your password. False keystrokes are when you touch a key without actually pressing it. When you quickly enter a password, it’s almost impossible for a person from the outside to tell if there was a press, and even if he sees the keys you press, he will get the wrong password when you play them, because one or more of them were false presses.
We recommend adding two or three false keystrokes to particularly important passwords, but by no means in a row. Don’t forget to tilt the notebook screen, so that you don’t have to show everyone around you the number of characters you enter, but at the same time protect the keyboard from prying eyes.
Secret 3. Password input speed.
I’ve seen many times that users enter their password as if they were seeing it for the first time. However, the speed of input directly affects security – the inability to see the data you enter. You need to bring your password entry to the fastest speed possible, you can achieve this with training.
Password secret part.
Imagine the situation: the enemies gained access to your password manager or a text document with passwords by force or trickery. The intruder, rubbing his hands, copies the password, tries to login and … password does not work. Copies another one – and it does not fit either, the third one – and again an error.
How is this possible? It’s very simple: think up a static part of the password that will always go at the beginning or end of any of your passwords. It should be simple and easy to remember for you, like “qwerty1960”. Without entering this secret part, no stored password will work. It may be a bit difficult to always enter the secret part of the password, but trust me, in return you will get an impressive level of security for your passwords.
If you save passwords in your browser, you will need to save the original password first, then change it in your account settings by adding the secret part. When the browser asks you to update your saved password, you should refuse.When you open the site, the browser will offer a saved password, to which you will need to add the secret part.
Secret 5. Secure Password Transfer.
Many of you periodically send passwords from one device to another. Someone uses
When passing on a password, do not copy it completely, remove the first or last 2-4 characters. You won’t have to enter them manually, but if your passed password gets into the hands of intruders, they won’t be able to use it.