10 Steps to a More Secure
Use our 10 steps to ensure your password safety. Our basic Vault account is free, and allows you to store all of your passwords in one place. Both a Vault and a password are only as strong as their weakest point.
The Easy Way In

There are many ways for a hacker to steal your information. The easiest way is to key in your password. Hackers have ways of guessing your password, which is why you need a strong one.

Use a good combination of lowercase, uppercase, numbers and symbols

Having this combination makes your password more complex by increasing the possibilities per digit. This is important for defending against brute force attacks.

The number of combinations increases exponentially with each possibility that is added per digit. The more combinations there are, the longer it takes to crack.

Use a good combination of lowercase, uppercase, numbers and symbols Possibilities per digit
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Avoid these common passwords or pins

You’re going to have to do much better than “password1” to keep hackers away. Avoid these at all costs:

  • password
  • 123456
  • 12345678
  • abc123
  • qwerty
  • monkey
  • letmein
  • dragon
  • 111111
  • baseball
  • iloveyou
  • trustno1
  • 1234567
  • sunshine
  • master
  • 123123
  • welcome
  • shadow
  • ashley
  • football
  • jesus
  • michael
  • ninja
  • mustang
  • password1
In a recent study of 6 million user-generated passwords, the 10,000 most common passwords would have accessed 98% of all accounts.
  • 1234
  • 1111
  • 0
  • 1212
  • 7777
  • 1004
  • 2000
  • 4444
  • 2222
  • 6969
  • 9999
  • 3333
  • 5555
  • 6666
  • 1122
  • 1313
  • 8888
  • 4321
  • 2001
  • 1010
These 20 most common pins account for about a quarter of all pins.
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3 .
Make sure it’s a good length

The graphic below shows how long it would take a hacking program, at 6.4 million passwords per second, to crack a password that is between 1 and 12 characters long. Are your passwords long enough?

how long it would take a hacking program, at 6.4 million passwords per second, to crack a password that is between 1 and 12 characters long
Protect What’s Important

Think of what information you store on the internet: credit cards, bank accounts, contacts, relationships, social media, and email. Hackers are ruthless, and will use this information to their advantage.

Make sure it’s a good length
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4 .
Avoid dictionary words or names

As #2 shows, dictionary words and names are very common and easy for attackers to guess or use in a “dictionary attack.” This comes at the cost of being easy to remember, but it’s crucial to avoid these to increase your online security.

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5 .
Use a different password for every account you have
Use a different password for every account you have

The average internet user has 26 online accounts, but only 5 passwords. Why is this important? Say you have a strong password that would take 16 million years to crack. Yet, if you use the same password for everything, all it takes is one server to be compromised and the hacker has a golden ticket to all of your accounts.

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6 .
Change your passwords often

Passwords should be changed every 6 months. If your existing password has been compromised without your knowledge, you instantly revoke access to anyone maliciously using your credentials. If someone is actively trying to compromise your account, they need time to discover your new password.

Take advantage of Remind Me

Take advantage of Remind Me in the Master Lock Vault™ to remember when to change your passwords.

The Brute Force Attack

Hackers will use a program to systematically check all possible keys until the correct key is found. Use #1 and #3 to combat this method of attack.

Change your passwords often
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7 .
Use a password generator

A password generator is able to create a complex password with numbers, symbols, upper and lowercase letters. This makes it easy to update/change your passwords frequently, and these passwords are difficult to crack.

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8 .
Keep your password secret

A sticky note on your monitor is not a secure place. Neither is a Word Document. See #10 for a safe place to keep passwords safe. If you have to tell someone your password, change it after they have used your account. The more people that know your passwords, the easier it is to be compromised online.

Take advantage of Save Passwords

Instead of a sticky note, Take advantage of Save Passwords in the Master Lock Vault™; an easy and secure place to store passwords and notes.

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9 .
Be proactive

Take the steps now to secure yourself online. Use long-complex passwords, change them often and keep track of them with a secure password manager.

The Dictionary Attack

This is the technique of successively trying all the words in an exhaustive list (called a dictionary). Use #2, #4, and #7 to defend against this attack.

Be proactive
Use a password manager with multi-layered authentication.
The Vault is exactly this and more.
The Vault is exactly this and more.
Master Lock Vault

It’s difficult to remember passwords that don’t contain words or names. Trying to remember a strong password like “E;:73*lv47 ga0|” for each of your online accounts and then having to change it every six months would be terribly difficult for most people. You need a place to store these passwords that is safe, secure and convenient.

Multi-layered authentication requires the program to ask you for your password, and then also send a security code to one of your preferred methods, such as a text message or email. This step stops hackers from obtaining other sensitive information about you and ensures only you can get in.

Master Lock Vault provides you with the tools to have an impenetrable password.
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