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6 rules to follow to create a secure password  

Tips & Tricks • 27 March 2024

6 rules to follow to create a secure password  

Mailboxes, bank accounts, e-commerce sites, administrative services, etc. Many sites/apps require you to create an account and protect it with a password. 

Unfortunately, many users use the same password on all sites so they don’t forget it. Like many others, this practice is risky and can allow hackers to gain access to all of your personal data. 

Here are all our tips for creating a secure password like on PaySika

Rule n°1: 12 characters minimum  

A good password should be at least 12 characters long. It may be shorter if the account offers additional security: 

  • Locking the account after multiple failures,  
  • Character or image recognition test “captcha”,  
  • etc. 
Rule No. 2: Numbers, Letters and Special Characters 

To create a good password, it must contain four distinct types of characters: uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and punctuation marks or special characters (€, #…). 

Rule No. 3: Anonymity  

The password you generate should be anonymous: it is very risky to use a password with your date of birth, your daughter’s name, etc., as it would be easily guessed. 

Rule n°4: Two-factor authentication 

Some sites offer to inform you by email or phone if someone logs in to your account from a new device. This allows you to accept or decline the connection. Feel free to use this option. 

Are you thinking of creating a password for your bank account or banking app? We recommend that you take this into account as well.  

Otherwise, with your XAF virtual bank card, you don’t have to worry about it because the security system is much stronger and you are protected from any attacks. 

Tempted to create your PaySika account? Click here and let us guide you! 

Rule n°5: Renew passwords 

On platforms where you have stored sensitive data, remember to change your password regularly. Ideally, this should be done every three months. 

 Rule n°6: know how to remember your password  

It is advisable to use a different password for each account. So, you need to build multiple passwords. However, there is no question of writing them in the notes of your smartphone, in a text file or on the cloud. If you do, they might be easily searchable. So, how do you retain them?  

If you want to remember your password easily, we have an easy option: Create a password from a phrase 

It is indeed possible to create your password from a phrase. All you have to do is remember the phrase and use the initials of said phrase to create your password. Convenient, isn’t it?  

Example : The sentence “I’m creating a super secure password! More than 12 characters and 4 different types! ” allows you to create the password “Jcumdpss! Pd12ce4td! » 

What are the risks of using the same password for multiple sites? 

If one of the sites you have an account on is the victim of a data leak that includes your means of authentication, then it will be easy for hackers to access your personal information.  

They could use your logins and passwords to log in to other accounts. It is this practice that is called phishing. Be very careful, especially on accounts that contain sensitive data (bank accounts, social networks, mailbox, etc.). 

You may not know it, but having a hacker control access to your accounts can cause serious damage: 

  • Spoofing your mailbox to trap your contacts; 
  • Using your bank details for fraudulent purchases; 
  • Impersonating you; 
  • Demand a ransom if it finds compromising data in your mailbox; 

We urge you to keep your passwords secure, not only to protect your own identity, but also to keep your data secure.  

The appeal is even more relevant to those with bank accounts. When creating your accounts or after creating them, make sure that the banking site or app offers maximum security. If you are looking for this app, you are welcome to PaySika.  

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