It’s 2018, take your password security seriously. The consequences are not worth the inaction.
In today’s world of growing identity theft and online crime, a weak password can lead to unwanted access to your financial information, email, and much more. Passwords are one of the essentials in keeping all your information safe but are not the only part of the equation. In addition to creating a long, complex password, you should store your passwords in a secure location, like in a locked drawer, or find a trustworthy password vault online. That’s why now, more than ever, password security is more important than it ever has been.
There are many password managers you can use to keep your passwords safe. Some popular ones are DashLane, LastPass and 1Password. If you get a password manager, all you need is to remember one master password that unlocks a vault with all your other passwords.
About 63% of confirmed data breaches involved weak, default or stolen passwords.
— Source: Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report
Have an extra layer of security
Another way you can protect your information is 2-factor authentication. The most common is a code or some other type of message that is sent to a mobile device registered to you so you can verify it’s really you who is logging in.
Never give anyone your password
Although this seems obvious, many people will give their passwords to good friends thinking it’s not a big deal. But those friends could accidentally pass it along to others or use it to harm you. When it comes to password security, it’s a given we shouldn’t be handing out our passwords to anyone.
Most people choose passwords that are easy for them to remember or something personal to them. If you fear you will forget your password then use a passphrase. Use the first letter of a sentence that you know you would remember. Ex. “I like to drink coffee and read” could be turned to, “!L2dc&r”. You can also find a random password generator online.
Use different passwords for each site
It’s crucial to use unique passwords for your different sites in case of a breach. If someone hacks your Instagram, and you use the same password for all your other sites, you could be in a lot of trouble.
Changing your password frequently might not be as necessary as you think
First of all, most people that change their passwords frequently, don’t even really change them, but rather “transform” them. As an example say someone has their password as ElePhant5, they would then just change it to elepHaNt6, which can be easily hacked. In addition to that, hackers now days have new and better software for hacking passwords and will probably take immediate action as soon as they get a hold of your password. Changing your password after you realize you there has been a breach is a must, but it is highly doubtful changing your password every month will help much.
Following these tips can help you stay protected online. Password security is one of the leading issues facing you to ensure your identity and information is safe.