Use your right brain, secure your password

By Balamurugan Selvaraj Published on Apr 25, 2018 02:22 PM IST

Shakespeare wrote, 'All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players'. In IoT, actors have rephrased this sentence to, 'Cyber security is the stage, where netizens are influenced to act as puppets.'

Celebrities and media houses, too, have a say in this. It is well-explained in the hypodermic needle theory and media effects theory. There are psychological studies and papers published across the globe on how people are being influenced to do things.

This is no black magic or hypnotism. It is all about how a user perceives things. But if you ask how these aspects are related in creating passwords and securing accounts, then, I would have to recall the hacking that happened a year ago, where millions of user credentials were exposed on the Internet.

This happened because of using common words as passwords that can be easily predicted by breachers.

A recent study published by Splash Data found this issue. This website used to publish reports on commonly used passwords every year. It published a pile of common passwords recently with new surprises.

The report carried the regular instances such as 'qwerty, qwerty123, 1234567, 987654321'.

Surprisingly, the word 'Dragon' came 10th - the most used word. So how did 'Dragon' become so famous?

The western media sparked a cold war last week by accusing a famous series <I>Game of Thrones <P> for influencing the minds of people.

The report also listed out some more interesting words - such as superheroes, celebrities and personalities - to be among most used passwords.

Similar to this report, a few others published commonly used passwords. Those studies, too, revealed the same pile of passwords in a different order. This has led to chaos among netizens on their account security.

HOW DO YOU CREATE PASSWORD

* Quick remembering: Though many are not lazy, usage of words such as 'qwerty, asdfgh, 123456789, 987654321' makes many remember their passwords easily as they are orderly. But using such words as passwords could make script kiddies crack accounts with a password breaking tool.

*  Left brain:  The common thing about these passwords is the location of characters. They are framed on the left side of the keyboard. This is because of the traditional concept using the left side brain of the brain which is for calculation and memory power.

* Soaps: Serials and films play an important role in creating passwords. If a series or character in it is trending, then your mind will take that name or number.

* Name game: There are passwords created with names of people. In these instances, the probability of being cracked is far lesser when compared to others.

* Favourites: Using favourite colour, day, year of birth are quite common in creating tough passwords - as per the creator.

HOW TO CREATE TOUGH PASSWORDS

There are no perfect methods to creating strong passwords. But many tend to suggest using programmes like password generators for a strong password. But many among the tools listed are deployed by hackers with backdoor and bugs to exploit user accounts.

As we studied in high-school, use the right portion of your brain which is creative and innovative. The more you put your mind to creating a password which is unfamiliar and unpredictable, the better it will protect you from hacking.