In today’s digital world, virtually everything uses a password. We use them to get into our phones and computers, to access our bank and social media accounts. Essentially, we put in a password for every account that requires a username. But why? To secure and protect our data. Passwords help to authenticate who we are. Yet, many of us never think about the consequences of what would happen if someone else gained access to this information.
We often use obvious passwords that are predictable, short and simple. We may even use the same password across multiple accounts, but with 63% of data breaches resulting from weak or stolen passwords, we need to safeguard our information.
Here are five password tips that will make it harder for hackers to gain access to your information.
1. If available, use Two-Factor Authentication. This provides an extra layer of security which can lower the chances of becoming a victim of identity theft.
2. Avoid using personal information for a password. Instead create a complex password using at least 8 characters (the more the better) and use a combination of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols. A random phrase is harder to guess (or find) than your child’s birthday.
3. Never use the same password for everything. If you do and someone gains access to your password, they will have access to everything. They will own you.
4. Don’t store your passwords in your browser. It may be convenient, but if your computer, tablet, or phone gets lost or stolen, your information is going with them.
5. If you use security questions, treat them like passwords and make up answers. If someone knows you well enough, it wouldn’t be hard for them to guess your mother’s maiden name or the city where you grew up.
Need help protecting your passwords, take a look at CyberArk Password Vault or contact us today to see how we can help you.