Black Friday: The Best Ways to Protect Your Online Passwords

Passwords are hard to remember, but you don’t have to do it alone.

You might have heard that Kanye West was at a working launch with the former President and pulled out his phone to show Trump a GIF. The cameras behind him caught his iPhone PIN, “000000” and broadcast it live. Knowing that he has such poor digital security might trigger an attacker go “I bet his bank account password isn’t very good, either”

You’ve heard the advice — likely many times over — that you should create strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts. Yet according to a 2019 Google study, more than 80% of people use a single password across multiple websites, but reusing your passwords puts you at higher risk for falling victim to credential stuffing

Credential stuffing is a type of brute-force hack in which cybercriminals take login information stolen in past data breaches and use it to systematically try to break into other accounts. 

So what can you do to protect your passwords? Below are some tips to protect your passwords.

Use multiple emails.

Human nature is to make things easy for ourselves as we like fast and quick. Therefore, most users use the same or similar username/password combination for nearly all access to websites.

A way to protect your accounts is to use multiple email addresses instead of relying on the same email for every single login. But you don’t have to set up multiple email accounts to do this.

Gmail and Microsoft Office 365 let you use “plus” email addresses for this purpose. So Maria Fernandez can sign up for Amazon with “[email protected]” and sign up for Facebook with “[email protected]”, but messages sent to each address will land in the inbox of [email protected]

Make your passwords stronger

While you’re creating unique credentials for each account, make sure your passwords are long and complex, which makes them more difficult to guess. Anything that is obvious to you is also obvious to everyone else, so you have to dig deeper to come up with something uncommon.

Most importantly, NEVER use the same password twice. If you re-use the same password everywhere, your accounts will fall like dominoes if even one of them is breached.

Here are a few ways to make your passwords more secure: 

  • Make each password at least 15 characters long. 
  • Use lower-case and upper-case letters as well as digits and punctuation marks.
  • Be careful not to use any information about you that can be found on social media—don’t use your birthday or pets’ names in your passwords if you talk about your pets on Facebook or other social media channels.

Use a password manager

If you’re relying on your own memory to keep track of many long and complex logins, of course you’re more likely to default to a few short and simple passwords. Fortunately, there’s a solution.

Password managers are applications that save all your passwords in one place. You have to remember only one master password that logs you in to the password manager, so you don’t have to keep remembering every password you’ve ever had as it protects every other password you have. `

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Black Friday 3 Tips to Protect Your Online Passwords