In a digital world where everything is stored, secured, and controlled through the internet, passwords are your only line of defense against leaking sensitive data to the outside world.
While this may sound a bit extreme, there’s no denying that security breaches are on the rise and will continue to increase. If someone gains access to your bank account, website domain registration, or email account, damage can be widespread and sometimes unrepairable.
The good news is that you can control your risk by understanding how security breaches happen and what to do to avoid them.
How are passwords exposed?
Before going over password best practices, it’s important to understand why you need a highly secure password to begin with. To access your secure data, someone needs access to your account password. There are a few ways your account passwords can be compromised:
Password best practices
While it can be quick and convenient to have all of your passwords set to password321 or Lastname1, these are easy targets for brute-force attacks and hackers who may know you.
When deciding on a new password, it’s important to remember a few best practices:
The primary reason why people use simple passwords is because they are easy to remember. Now that you have so many unique passwords to keep up with, you need an easy to way to track them.
Password managers are tools that can keep all of your usernames and passwords stored securely for you to access anywhere. The most popular type of manager is a web browser extension that automatically logs you into accounts as you browse the Web.
There are many password managers out there. Some of the most popular include LastPass, Dashlane, and 1Password. Using a password manager will help encourage you to use a more secure password since remembering them will no longer be an issue.
If you have any questions about making your practice more secure, please call your marketing manager.