Everybody is always saying that you need to keep your passwords safe from hackers and scammers. A lot of the time, it is easy to ignore this piece of advice because you assume that a scam will never happen to you. But, the truth is, it is easier to fall for a scam online than you think it is.
We all know that a strong password that no one can guess easily is imperative for our security. It prevents people from assessing our sensitive data and using our information for their own gain. But, while passwords and logins keep our data safe, how do we keep passwords and logins safe from hackers?
Let’s face it; it doesn’t matter how good your memory is, keeping track of strong and secure passwords for all of your accounts is hard. There are so many accounts and different passwords to keep track of that it is actually impossible not to forget one of them and lock yourself out of your own account.
Of course, this doesn’t mean make your passwords all the same or simpler to remember. It just means that you have got to ensure your accounts are safe and you can be able to recall the logins when you need them.
So, let’s have a look at some ways you can keep your passwords and logins safe but still accessible!
Since it is impossible to memorize every single password and login that you will ever have, you can always write them down. Of course, you shouldn’t leave your passwords lying around anywhere obvious that they can be found and used. You would be surprised just how many people keep a note beside their computer with all of their passwords written down and in view for everyone to see. You want your passwords and login to remain safe and secure, so we have some tips you should follow.
First of all, remove it to somewhere else in the room like a draw or safe. This way no one will get that they are corresponding to your computer and not associate it with a login that they are looking for. So, be sure not to label them for your bank account or Facebook; this will make it obvious how to use them. Second, when you are writing passwords and logins down, you can get creative and create security hints for yourself so that you can avoid writing the whole thing down or even blanking some of the letters that you can remember. After all, you don’t want to hand someone all of your logins on a piece of paper.
Just like the name suggests, software called a Password Manager simply takes your passwords and manages them for you without any of the hassle. It stores them all and will fill out your login details when you have to enter them on your computer. This saves you memorizing all of the different logins that you need and can make your life a whole lot easier. In addition, it can take away the risk that is involved in keeping a hard copy of your passwords lying around; you need to be able to access the password manager to view them.
A lot of internet browsers have a password manager on the settings panel. For example, you will find options to manage passwords on Chrome, Opera, Safari and Firefox. In addition, there are desktop programs that can store your passwords for you safely. You will need a master password to keep all of your other logins secure, but remembering one is definitely better than memorizing 20! Normally this information will be encrypted to make it harder to hack and for someone to access them.
The latest security method that you can use to keep your passwords safe and only in your hands is the two step verification. This is going to give your accounts the extra protection that you need to prevent other people and scammers from accessing your information.
Two step verification works by sending a unique code to another one of your devices when your account has been accessed on a new system. For example, if a hacker accessed your account from a new mobile phone, they would need a code that may be sent to your iPad or computer that they don’t have. This would stop them logging in and using your account or stealing your information. You must have this code to access the account.
So, it is recommended that you use the two step verification security method where you can. Some accounts support this already, like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google and it is likely that more will start to use it in the future.