How to create passwords that are difficult to crack
They are required not just for regular tasks, such as getting in to a best place to buy pandora charms online computer, paying a utility bill and online shopping.
But they are also necessary for using mobile phones, chatting on social media, club memberships and watching online TV.
It is not surprising a majority of us struggle to juggle different passwords in our head. Indeed, a quarter of us forget at least one login detail every day. This means we often adopt easy to remember 'weak' passwords that use familiar names such as a beloved pet or a family member.
Security experts believe this is a dangerous strategy and a relatively easy one for criminals to crack. It is suggested 'strong' passwords of up to a dozen characters randomly chosen letters, numbers and even symbols offer much better security.
Three quarters of us also use the same password for more than one account. But to stop fraudsters getting hold of your details it is recommended each service you use has its own password.
There are ways you can create and remember secure passwords in imaginative ways that will not leave you worried or with a headache.
1. STOP PEOPLE READING YOUR MIND
The average password is not as safe as you might imagine with a third of us using something personal, pandora shop such as a date of birth, maiden name, address, pet's name or close member of the family. This means a criminal could quickly unlock your secret passwords.
Magician and mentalist Katherine Mills says: 'I like to get inside people's heads, using a combination of psychology and sociology to read their mind. Using tricks of the trade you would be surprised at how easy it is to crack a password and that is why it is vital you only use a random code.'
The magician, who has her own TV show Katherine Mills: Mind Games on cable channel W, is not keen to divulge how she can crack codes. But she admits there are ways passwords can be 'seen' through facial and body movements in response to subtle questioning.
Using tricks of the trade you would be surprised at how easy it is to crack a password
The Magic Circle member says: 'Unfortunately, when it comes to thinking of a password far too many of us use ones we feel are safe but are commonly used mothers' maiden names, children's names and sequences such as 123456.
'One of the most popular ones adopted is the actual word password.'
Other obvious combinations to avoid include 'qwerty' a line of letters on the top left corner of pandora australia online store a keyboard and using the same number such as '1111'.
Pickpocket entertainer James Freedman agrees being random with your password choice rather than using something familiar is essential.
Freedman, a UK fraud prevention adviser for the City of London Police, says: 'Understanding the psychology of the bad guy can stop you becoming a victim.
Look at the fingerprints you leave behind about your identity on the internet
'Look at the fingerprints you leave behind about your identity on the internet. Social websites and other sources can divulge family information, address details, holidays and work facts. They will provide a jigsaw that when pieced together can give a thief the tools to possibly work out your password.'
He adds: 'Remember, the easier the technology is to use, the easier it is to abuse. You would be surprised how many people also keep details of their PIN numbers and passwords in a wallet or purse. Once a pickpocket gets this, it unlocks a mass of private information about you.'
Freedman, who starred in his own West End magic show, Man Of Steel, a couple of years ago, believes there is nothing wrong with writing down passwords in case they are subsequently forgotten. But he says this should only be done if they are kept somewhere safe and also written down in a code form to make them difficult to crack.
2. DEVELOP BETTER MEMORY SKILLS
Mr Memory was a secret agent in the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock movie thriller The 39 Steps who had incredible skills at memorising information.
Although he was a fictional character played by James Hayter in the 1959 remake, mnemonist Dominic O'Brien is a modern day equivalent with astonishing memory skills.
As eight times World Memory Champion and in the Guinness Book of Records for memorising the sequence of 54 packs of playing cards, he has the ability to remember hundreds of passwords.
O'Brien says: 'If you can remember your own name, then you can remember a password or PIN. All that is required is imagination.
For example, pandora shop locator "My Name is Dominic". I add up the number of letters in each word of this simple sentence to make 2427.'.
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