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YES! Emojis can make your passwords stronger 💪🔒

We usually use emojis to interact with posts or to respond to a message on social networks, but these symbols may, in fact, be the key to protecting us from hacking.

According to experts, emoji can also play an important role in keeping your passwords safe. It turns out that emojis can be used when creating a strong password for apps and online accounts. And if you're looking for something that will be impossible to guess, adding emojis can give you an extra layer of security.

Experts pointed out that computers deal with emojis just as they deal with numbers and special characters, such as punctuation marks in a password. They're also easier to remember than a random set of letters and numbers, and are less likely to be used by hackers trying to guess your password.

Stan Kaminsky, an expert at cybersecurity company Kapersky, told the British newspaper The Sun: “When hackers try to use a password that contains letters, numbers and punctuation, there are less than a hundred variations of each symbol they need to choose. There are more "There are 3,600 emojis in Unicode, so adding one to your password forces hackers to go through about 3,700 variants of each emoji."

He continued: “In terms of complexity, a password consisting of five different symbols is equivalent to a regular nine-letter password, while seven emojis are equivalent to a strong password consisting of 13 regular letters.”

However, it should be noted that not every app allows you to use emojis. So, check if the app or website you're creating a password for will allow you to do so.

You should also be aware that using too many emojis in your password may slow you down if you are trying to log in to an account quickly, and using the same emojis repeatedly can also be a giveaway to your password details. “A reasonable compromise is to add an emoji or two to your password to increase its complexity,” Kaminsky explained.

It's good to keep in mind that if you want to make any account more secure, consider taking other measures to enhance your safety, such as two-factor authentication, or making your password longer to make it more difficult to guess.

Source: Metro - published 3-Nov-2023

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