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Do you suffer from password syndrome?

This unclassified syndrome is very real. Creating passwords strong enough to pass security measures gives us all a headache. Not only that, finding out how to store and remember them is even more challenging.

We’ve all experienced it. So, what can you do to overcome password syndrome?

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Creating complex passwords can be a nightmare. How can you eliminate password syndrome? (Photo/Pixabay)

Why it’s so hard to create strong passwords

It’s imperative to create longer, more complex passwords that are unique to each of our password and internet accounts. The more stipulations an account has on their password requirements, the more difficult it is to create and remember your login information.  

Common password requirements are:

  • Between 8-20 characters
  • At least 3 special characters
  • Hasn’t been used in the last three password creations
  • Isn’t a variation of a dictionary word

You can see how it’s easy to develop password syndrome.

While it’s important that we satisfy each of these components for the safety of our files, it can be daunting to think of the passwords and even worse remember them.

Storing passwords is part of the trouble

Due to the complexity of passwords, it’s impossible for us to memorize them. The logical step is to save our information somewhere that is accessible. The problem is, no matter how strong your password is, if it’s stored insecurely, you’re still susceptible to being hacked.

Storing passwords as sticky notes on your computer are easily seen. Emailing your passwords to yourself means if your email account is hacked, your passwords will be compromised. And, writing passwords down makes it easy to misplace or lose your information.

And, using password managers aren’t safe because there is no way of knowing how safe the program holding your password is.

The only entirely secure way to handle passwords is by using a program like EZPD where passwords are never stored.

As a result, people are still using bad passwords

The more frustrated we get, or the more difficult it is to achieve standards, the less we try.

Users often use easy to remember (and hack) passwords such as “123456”, “111111” or “password”. Even using ways to obfuscate commonly used words like “password” to “p@ssw0rd”, are still easily hackable.

If a mass amount of users continue to rely on easily identified passwords, cybercriminals will continue to hack our information.

So, what’s the compromise?

Find a solution that creates unhackable passwords and offers a better alternative to storing them on your computer, physically, or in the cloud. Like EZPD.

EZPD is a password generation and regeneration software that keeps users protected from the ever-evolving world of cybercrime. EZPD’s proprietary algorithm is the first of its kind. It operates from a license file which is specific to an individual’s computer. And, no one can use your EZPD account without the license file.

With EZPD, users can generate passwords up to 94 characters long. Users can also specify if their passwords need to include special characters and numbers, and which to include or exclude to satisfy password requirements.

Users don’t need to rack their brain trying to generate a unique password. EZPD does it for you and all you need to do it copy and paste where ever you need security. Our users commonly use EZPD to protect:

  • Internet accounts
  • Password protected documents
  • Secure servers
  • Application software

After you’ve created a unique, complex password, you can delete EZPD’s program and license file from your computer to erase tracks of your password. When you need to access your password again (or generate a new one) you can redownload EZPD’s program and license file from the link provided to you upon sign up.

You can redownload and regenerate the same password an unlimited about of times.  

With EZPD your passwords are never saved. In fact, you never even have to make them visible. It’s the most secure option on the market. Learn more about EZPD’s free trial download today.

A strong password might be harder to create than you think (here’s why)

Online attacks are growing every day. Consequently, requirements for strong passwords have become more stringent. Nonetheless, they are essential for keeping your most private information safe.

And, as it turns out, what you think is a strong password might actually be an easy hack.

Read on to learn about what a strong password entails and what to look out for when creating your next password.

What are online attacks?

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As concerns about cyber security grow, creating strong passwords is increasingly important.
(Photo/Max Pixel)

An online attack occurs when someone attempts to log in to a website or internet account by guessing someone else’s username and password.

Whether an attacker aims to gain access to your email account, or they plan to compromise and steal information from a corporation, online attacks can have massive ramifications. A few effects of online attacks can include, theft of money, loss of business reputation, and theft of financial information.

Most attackers use computer programs to systematically generate and guess combinations of passwords. Cracking programs typically understand that humans can be predictable.

Most of the popular passwords are easy strings of numbers, words found in a dictionary, or dictionary words obfuscated by symbols.

According to Fortune magazine, some of the most common passwords are:

  1. 123456
  2. Password
  3. 12345678
  4. Qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789

As you can see, some of the most common passwords are closely related, or easy to guess.

It’s important to remember that any system that’s online, or local to your computer, is subject to an attack. Online attacks are increasingly easy to perform, which makes it important for you to protect yourself.

That’s why you need to learn more about password strength in order to protect yourself.

How is a strong password determined?

Typically, the length and complexity of your password will reflect the strength of your password.  

As a general rule of thumb, the longer your password the harder it will be to crack. Especially if you combine factors like:

  • Special characters
  • Lowercase and uppercase letters
  • Words not found in the dictionary

Programs like EZPD create passwords up to 96 characters long to ensure maximum strength.

How should you store your passwords?

Creating a strong password is an important first step. However, storing your password is equally significant.

The problem most of us face is, the longer and more unique a password, the harder it can be to remember. And storing your password irresponsibly can compromise your information.

Because of this, we rely on password managers. But, many password managers use a cloud or a server to remember what passwords they have generated for their uses. Therein lies the problem. Servers and clouds can also be hacked. Therefore, what seems like a secure method for password generation may not be after all.

Additionally, password managers and browsers may allow users to create a master password.

A master password is a single key to unlocking all doors. However, if a master password is compromised, all passwords stored in the cloud or on a PC will be lost. And, master passwords aren’t immune to theft. If you do create a master password, it needs to be incredibly strong. The master password is your first line of defense.

The only way to truly feel protected is by using a program that creates strong, unique passwords and does not store your information or require a master password. Luckily, EZPD checks off all of these boxes.

EZPD uses a unique method with node-locking software which means that your password is never stored, only regenerated. And only computers with your unique license file are able to regenerate your password.

After you create your password, you can delete your license file making it a completely untraceable process.

When you’re ready to regenerate your existing password—or generate a new password— you can redownload your license file and easily access your sensitive information again.

Additionally, you can download the license file as often as you’d like.

How can you ensure you have a strong password?

As hacking software continues to get stronger, online password strength meters that are common for creating or checking passwords can’t keep up. Therefore, just because the meter shows a strong password doesn’t make it entirely reliable. Users must take matters into their own hands.

Realistically, the only way to know you have a strong password is by using unique and advanced software to outwit hackers.

That’s where EZPD comes in. When you use EZPD, you don’t need to think twice about your password strength. Our proprietary algorithm does all the heavy lifting for you.

Learn more about how EZPD can protect you today.