In the modern world, Wi-Fi has become an essential part our lives. We use it for work, entertainment, communication and much more. With all these dependencies, there comes the risk of security breaches which may have severe consequences. For this reason, it's essential to have a strong password. However, with all the passwords we need to set up for the different platforms such as Social media, banking apps, Wi-Fi and more, it becomes difficult to keep up hence most people will opt for a simple password that is easy to remember. This works but it leaves a door open for vulnerability.
In this article, you will see how you can create a robust Wi-Fi password that will protect your network from external threats while also being easy to remember.
How does a Strong Password look like?
A strong password is one that is difficult to guess or hack. You can achieve this by using a mix of uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers, and special characters. It should also be at least 8 character long to ensure that the password will take longer to crack with a brute force attack.
To ensure that it is hard to guess the password, avoid using personal information such as your name, date of birth, or address as part of your password. Avoid common words as well or words that are in the dictionary.
Something else to keep in mind is to use a different password for every account. That way, when one account is compromised, the rest of the account a still good to go. This is key to keeping your data safe.
Creating a Strong Wi-Fi password
Like mentioned earlier, the longer the password, the better. However, the human brain is not made to remember long strings of random characters. The way to get around this is to use a phrase, sentence, you are familiar with and create some rules set that will change the original phrase. For instance, most people will use numbers in place of letters that look like numbers. Here is an example.
In this example. the letter
a has been switched with number
e for number
3 and letter
i for number
1. This method works but it is not the most secure. This method is not recommended as it is used by many people.
To create a password that is easy to remember and hard to guess is to use the method above but instead of replacing letters with numbers, create a set of rules that is not used by everyone. Replace letters with symbols. For example:
In this example, Letter
i has been switched with the
% sign. This is more random unlike replacing it with number
Another option is to create a set of rules that add more characters to the password. For example, you can set the letter
A to be represented by a set of symbols.
As you can see, just by adding a few random symbols to the password, it has become more complex and you can easily remember it. You only need to master the the two letters and the symbols that represent it. The password is now encrypted and only you can know what it means since you own the encryption algorithm.
The downside to this method is if you forget your encryption algorithm, you can never get the password right. So ensure that you store the encryption in a safe place.
Another way to create a strong Wi-Fi password is to use a password manager. Password managers are software applications that generate strong passwords and store them for you. You can store as many passwords as possible and you only need to remember one master password. With password managers, you wont need to worry about creating complex passwords that you wont remember. They will create the complex passwords and store them securely. They will also autofill you logins which means you wont need to remember the passwords. You can check out this article on how you can self-host your own password manager with bitwarden
Creating a strong password for your Wi-Fi is crucial to protect your network from cyber threats. This article, explains how you can create a strong password that is easy to remember and hard to guess. Follow the tips mentioned to ensure your safety.
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