If you’re a bit of a neurotic when it comes to PC security, then picking out a password can be almost brain imploding on the stress charts.
Do you go with the classic birthday related code? Or is that too easy for those hackers, lurking in the shady corners of the Internet?
Luckily for you, two computer scientists from the University of Southern California think they’ve found the answer to creating the perfect password.
Researchers Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight said the most secure password for your computer is a 60 character sequence consisting of 1s and 0s, which apparently takes over 11 years to crack!
Now we’re not exactly suggesting you should memorise that whopping algorithm, but maybe there’s more you can be doing to make sure your office laptop is locked down from intruders.
Here are the three secrets to the perfect work password.
1. ABC… 1, 2, 3
It’s imperative to mix up letters and numbers in your full proof user password. They’re just harder to guess that way. You can even throw in a few capitals and special characters if you’re feeling extra tricky.
2. ? has left the building
Make sure you log off every time you’ve finished using something! There’s no point creating the best password the world has ever seen, feeling smug about it and then letting some randomer simply give your mouse a flick to access your most precious information.
3. Learn the two-step
No, we don’t mean take up dancing, although that could be fun too. Two-step verification sends you a log-in prompt straight to your mobile so you can verify whoever is trying to access your account.
It’s best to have a thorough check of any site or app you want to use it with, just so you don’t get locked out of any important things.
Here is a list of useful websites that support it.