How to create a strong password

As you probably know, with Internxt’s cloud storage service, X Cloud, your files are encrypted using your password, and only the user has the ability to decrypt these since only the user knows his or her password. Traditional cloud storage services don’t usually encrypt your files at rest, or if they do, they know how to decrypt them. X Cloud has implemented the most secure 0-knowledge cloud security system, where only the user is in control of his or her files (instead of giving access to these not only to the user but also . governments, the cloud company storing the files, and potentially more hackers).

Now. With great power comes great responsibility. So although you can turn on 2 step authentication on X Cloud, you should make sure you choose a strong password for your X Cloud account, to avoid getting it compromised. Here, we wrote down a few suggestions to make sure that only you know your password, so that it doesn’t get compromised (these suggestions apply to any other password you have really, not only that of X Cloud). So, what makes a strong password, strong?

Don’t use the same password everywhere

It really is that simple. Although your X Cloud password can’t be taken by a hacker from our servers since we don’t know your password either, not all services apply the same security measures as X Cloud does. That means if you use the same password in a low-reputation website, Facebook (read this, or this) and X Cloud, perhaps the attacker might be able to enter your X Cloud account by finding your password through another website where the same password was used. You might also want to start using a safe password manager to store your different passwords.

Don’t use a simple password

Try to use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. Brute force attacks are a way hackers have to guess user passwords. They try as many password combinations as possible, and usually, those that are most vulnerable (most common) are spotted first. Additionally, hackers use what’s known as dictionary attacks, where they try to guess user passwords by trying different combinations of common words, character substitutions (e.g., “$” instead of “S”) etc.

With X Cloud, we guarantee that we can’t access your files since these are encrypted and only you know the password, needed to decrypt these. But as specified above, make sure your password is stored safely, in order to avoid it being compromised (which entirely depends on you!).