Password Security

Virtually every online platform requires a password, and keeping them all organized can be challenging. With all the accounts you have to keep track of, odds are, you are probably using the same password for everything. While it might be easy to remember, this leaves you and your private information vulnerable to hackers. If someone can gain access to one account, they can gain access to all of your accounts. This puts your online identity at risk.

Don’t worry. There are simple preventive measures you can take to keep your information safe! Try implementing the following tips and best practices, so you can be confident that your digital footprint is secure.

Don’t Share your Passwords

This is the biggest no when it comes to password security. Do not share your passwords with anyone! Not even your close friends. Would you give your debit card pin to just someone off the street? Probably not, so why provide them with the password to any online accounts? You wouldn’t want your money stolen, so why would you like your personal information stolen? 

All of your accounts, even Facebook, have personal information on it, and the password protects that information from everyone who isn’t you. You want to keep this information out of the hands of people who want to use it against you. Be sure to keep your password to yourself. 

Different Passwords for Different Accounts

Every account should have a different password. We know, easier said than done. We all have so many accounts between our personal and work lives that it is easier just to set every password as the same one. While you might spend less time looking through little scrap papers of passwords, it is actually creating more harm. 

If someone gains access to one of your accounts, they can now get into your other accounts. You want to make your passwords different to protect everything. The question is, how do you remember them all? You can write them down, but most people lose the paper that they are written on. Well, there’s an app for that. Many of them are just a password locker where you can save all your passwords for all of your accounts in one place. The only password you will have to remember is the pin to the password locker.

Two-Factor Authentication

This is the most popular added protection today. Many apps ask if you would like to use your face I.D as a password. You should always say yes. No one has your face but you. It is the most robust password to use. Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of protection to keep your personal information safe. You should always use it. 

Length is Better than Complexity

The longer the password, the better. Don’t try to be fancy with it like using just numbers and letters. Use something you will remember but make it long. You want a password to be at least 12 to 16 characters long. It seems impossible, but you will see it is easier than you think.

Final Thoughts

Passwords protect our personal information from hackers hiding within the internet. You want to be sure that you are creating passwords that are complex enough to keep you safe. Do not give your password to anyone, create passwords to be at least 12 to 16 characters long, and use two-factor authentication when available. While it may seem excessive, your information belongs to you and you only.