How to Secure Your Digital Life — Part I

Shahin Katebi
3 min readApr 30, 2021

We use the Internet for everything, from texting our friends to ordering groceries and watching TV shows. As technology footprint increases in our lives, it gets more important to keep ourselves secure and protect our private information from threats.

In these set of posts, I will cover different aspects of security with practical steps. You are able to protect yourself against online threats. These topics are not new. But I think, aggregation of these topics can help everyone become a pro.

You definitely don’t need a security advisor for your Instagram account to protect it from hackers! You are able to do it all by yourself.

This is a multipart story. We will be covering these topics throughout the serie:

  • Passwords (this story)
  • 2-Factor Authentication
  • Email Services and Email Clients
  • Smartphone Apps Security
  • Cloud Services and Encryption.
  • Messaging Services
  • Photo Storage Services

In this story, I will cover passwords.

Passwords

Yes, password field is the oldest keyhole to protect online data and still the most important one.

Choose a complex password

Simple passwords are usually easier to remember, but they are also easier to guess! Even if you combine two or three simple passwords to build a stronger one, it’s still not strong enough. There are various hack attack methods which targets passwords, the most famous one is dictionary attack. It includes thousands of words with different dictations to guess passwords. If you use a simple password, it’s more likely it can be guessed easier.

There are lots of ways to create a rememberable password. For example, you can try creating a long sentence (meaningful or meaningless) with some characters replaced with symbols. You can also use random password generators.

I will cover using password managers later in this post which allows you to easily create passwords (and remember them). So keep reading. :)

Do not reuse your passwords

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