How to connect your cell phone to a Wi-Fi network without having the password

Although there are currently several forms of authentication, such as biometricsthe vast majority of web pages continue to ask for a password for their services and having a weak one is part of the “trivial” mistakes that many users make when it comes to saving their personal and professional information.

A classic mistake is to use the same one for many services, but also to use the easy keyboard strings, like “123456″ or “qwerty”. In addition, expressions made or related to the user himself are often used.

And if the password is more complicated, remembering it also becomes a problem. The director of Global Consumer Operations at Panda Security, Hervé Lambert, explained to Agencia EFE that 70% of users forget their passwords at least once a monthand tries an average of 2.4 times to type it before finding the correct password.

In the framework of the “World Day of Password”, which is celebrated on the first Thursday of May, EFE spoke with the heads of several companies specialized in cyber security and the National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE) of Spain, and these are some of their tips.

Build a good password

The cybersecurity technician for INCIBE citizens, Ángela García Valdés, has stressed that the password must have a minimum length of eight characters, combine uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters (+,-, $,€,@ or others). Besides, they must be unique for each service or application; and not be related to the user (names, dates or hobbies).

To generate a password robusta, advised to use rulers or memory techniquesand to remember them without errors, you can use password managers.

The commercial director of S2 Grupo, Rafael Rosell, has insisted that the most recurring and used passwords are the most insecureand recalled that after the ‘hacking’ of the Ashley Madison dating network, it was found that the password most used by users was “123456″.

How to remember them?

A memory technique suggested by the professor of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications Studies at the Open University of Catalonia, Jordi Serra, is go to some famous phrase or a popular saying.

He cites as an example the phrase “In a place in La Mancha whose name” and add a “+3″, which would form the password “EuldLMdcn+3″, a practically indecipherable key; but it insists that users create their own and not take advantage of this one.

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