Learn How to Use Better Passwords
Nowadays almost everything is on the Internet. You find your information online, you do your shopping on the Internet, banking transactions are also done with the help of the Internet, and the list can go on.
But what do you do to keep all these accounts safe? The world is becoming increasingly digital, and if you continue to use the same passwords for all accounts, you risk becoming a safe victim of hackers. And because 2.4 billion passwords were cracked in the last year, you need to learn to use better passwords.
And I emphasize passwords because you will have to come up with more than just one unique password. “But how to remember so many passwords?” .. you may be wondering. You can use a password manager.
For example, Dashlane and LastPass offer you automated services that will not only remember your passwords but also change them automatically after a period of time. The recommendation is to change the password at least every three months.
A second security measure is email address verification. That’s what the site Have I Been Pwned is for, which will check if your email address has been entered into a compromised database. But you don’t have to be scared by any notification announced by this site. If you change your passwords often enough, you should be safe. For example, in May 2016 LinkediIn was “hacked,” and the passwords of 164 million users were broken. If you’ve changed your password since then, you should be safe.
I’ve talked about this method in the past. It’s called two-step authentication, and it exponentially increases the security of the account. I recommend enabling this method wherever you can, especially for bank accounts. This means that in addition to the password you use, you will also add a code generated when you entered the password, which is valid for a limited period of time. It’s a bit more work, but it provides you with an increased degree of safety.
Your cyber security isn’t just about better passwords. You need to be aware of all the accounts you make online. A single account forgotten by the world and with a weak password can put you at risk. So be careful to delete the accounts you no longer use.
As I said, it’s not all about using better passwords. Just as you are aware of the traffic around you, you must also be aware of the online traffic. I hope that this information is useful to you and that I have opened your eyes a little to the dangers of the Internet.