Your passwords secure a plethora of sensitive information. But hacks and data breaches, phishing tactics, keyloggers, and other tricks used by hackers imply your passwords are more susceptible than ever.
Two-factor authentication is one approach to secure your accounts, but we will teach you several ways to keep your passwords safe.
How to secure your passwords
You might believe that a secure password is “Dam1” and “Tunde29.” It’s not. Unlike popular opinion, it’s not helpful either to add special characters like *$&@.
Some crucial tips for a strong, unimaginable password are provided here:
- Include letters (lower and upper case), numbers, and symbols. Turn Dam1 into @D1ft3gr6st_!#&$ instead.
- Make it a minimum of 12 characters.
- STOP USING THE PET NAMES OF YOUR LOVED ONES
- It’s easy to find your partner’s, second name, or pet’s name. Hackers will try those passwords first.
- If you to use a name, make it unique and add extra characters. (Ex. [email protected]//_!%#)
Use Password Manager
Have you more online identities than your telephone contacts? In numerous ways, a password manager can help you:
The passwords will be automatically filled in.
The system will tell you if your password is weak, and you will be given a substitute password to use and remember.
It works on your phone and allows you to sign up for applications and websites (depending on your smartphone and OS version).
It recalls all your passwords, so you never have to worry about forgetting a difficult set of letters, characters, and digits.
Several password managers are compatible with Android devices and iOS, but the best ones require a monthly, yearly, or lifetime subscription.
Some popular password managers are
Writing your passwords in a notebook
If you are especially paranoid about online security and want an extra safeguard, writing your passwords down in a notebook will be the best route.
Buy a small notebook mainly for saving passwords. The best way to remember your password is by writing it down.
Even if you don’t trust a password manager, make a strong password, and write it in that journal. Hide it somewhere safe where you can easily access it anytime you need it.
Call it old-fashioned, but a journal is the greatest way to achieve this at the cheapest cost if you want to ensure that you remember all your passwords.
Whether it is your desktop, laptop, phone, or anything (like the previous notebook) used to save login credentials, NEVER LEAVE THEM UNSECURED.
Fun Fact: All you need to do is access chrome:/settings/passwords in the address bar on Google Chrome. If you leave your friends with your personal device for more than 5 minutes, it will literally take any moment to see your precious account information.
To secure your devices, you can take the following measures:
Set up a PIN or password for login
Especially if you live with other people, you font want to access your devices.
If you HAVE to let someone use your laptop, install a second browser on your systems like Firefox or Opera and let them use that. From there, monitor their usage.
Like the desktop/laptop, configure the PIN, password, fingerprint, facial recognition, etc., to lock sensible applications behind your authentication using first-party or third-party apps (like the Xioami app locker).
This will prevent people from “accidentally” opening your Facebook, Twitter, or Google Chrome browser if you let them use your smartphone or tablet.
In the end, We highly recommend you take an hour or two out of your day or dedicate a day to implementing the actions suggested in the post if you have a plethora of digital accounts. It only takes a few minutes, if not sooner, for hackers to steal your data and carry out malicious actions with your name, credit card details, and more.
All the efforts you put in today could save you a lot of headaches tomorrow!