Internet use has increased exponentially in the past 20 years. With so many people using different platforms, a single user likely has multiple accounts. To make the accounts safe, you are required to create a password. This is where the problem arises; it is difficult to manage so many passwords.
On average, a user is claimed to have at least 100 passwords at any given time, and that is way too many passwords for you to keep track of. The solution for most users is usually to use simple passwords and use them across every platform. While it's an effective way to remember your passwords, it doesn't really keep all your accounts safe. It actually makes your accounts vulnerable, a contrast to the initial purpose of a password.
Guide To Secure Passwords and Logins
Passwords are a handy tool to protect your personal information and computer systems from unauthorized access; if used correctly. Unfortunately, login credentials are a viable target for hackers since most people don't follow the best practices for a secure password. Let's discuss some of the best steps you can take to keep your passwords and other logins secure.
Create a Strong Unique Password
A password is your primary defense against data breaches and other malicious activities. The weight of the password is therefore apparent. You need to create a strong password, at least 12 characters long, and one that contains random characters with both lowercase and uppercase letters and numbers within it. To make your password strong, you should never create a password that uses common words, personal information, or a password you have used before. An example of a weak password would be 'name + birthday' or something like 'password'; these are weak passwords and can easily be guessed.
Use Multiple Factor Authentication
How this works is that when you try to access your account, you will be prompted to input your password then a one-time secondary password is sent to a phone number registered to you or your email address for you to verify that you are the one trying to login. This is called two-factor authentication (2-FA). It provides an extra layer of security to password-protected accounts.
Another form of this is biometrics, where the user is required to input their unique biosignature, say, fingerprints, palm print, or face scan. Biometrics verify the identity of the user. 2-FA is very useful to protect your online banking information, social media account, emails, etc.
Make Use of a Password Manager
A password manager is a program that helps you store, generate and manage passwords from one place. Using a password manager helps generate or retrieve complex passwords, store them in an encrypted database, or calculate them on the spot according to demand. Types of password managers include locally installed software, online services accessed through the internet, and hardware devices that serve as keys. In addition, some password managers offer an autofill option and often provide a master password that will be used to allow you to use the service.
Your passwords are a crucial part of protecting your information online. That’s why you need to change compromised passwords and keep them secure at all times. It is advisable that you take your cybersecurity seriously and protect yourself with layers of security and manage your passwords effectively. The above tips will show you exactly how to stay safe in your endeavors online.
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