Are you drowning in passwords for your emails, various online accounts, bank cards, office passwords or even codes to get in your car? The simplest way to keep track of them all would be to use the same password across the board or simply use the obvious “password123”, but we all know that it might put you at risk if ever you have your password stolen. The increasing sophisticated online scams and viruses going around make us even more vulnerable. Here are a few tips to keep your passwords safe.
- Choose strong passwords: These might include at least six to eight completely random alphanumeric characters.
- Store passwords securely. Store it in a safe, a locked cabinet, or a safety deposit box. If you store it on your hard drive, make sure that you encrypt and password-protect the file you save your passwords in.
- If you sell your computer make sure to delete the password file, and then use a file-wipe tool to permanently erase the drive.
- Never share your passwords with anyone.
- Make sure to never respond to emails asking you for your passwords or resetting your password unless you have requested the change even if it appears to be from a legitimate site.
- When accessing Public wireless networks (coffee shops, libraries, airports, hotels, and other public places) make sure that the websites that you are on are encrypted and it is probably best to avoid sharing personal information while on public networks unless you know for sure that they are safe.
- Make sure you’re using up-to-date antivirus software and that your operating system is current.
Another solution would be to use a password manager tool. Here’s Carley Knobloch from Digitwirl telling us more about it…
If you’re one of those people who use the same easy-to-remember password on every site, you’re not alone. Did you know millions of people actually use 123456 or PASSWORD to gain access to things like their favorite shopping sites (which has personal and credit card information stored), email accounts, and even banking sites. Well, head’s up Twirlers, hacking is on the rise and becoming easier than ever.
Have we scared you smart yet? Good, because we have the perfect solution.
LastPass is a free password manager that does for passwords what Superman does for Lois Lane—provides total protection. LastPass stores all your passwords safely and securely so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting them ever again. So please get rid of that desktop folder named “Passwords,” ok? And, LastPass is also a strong password generator so it will create unique, highly secure passwords for every one of your online accounts.
In fact, the only password you’ll ever need to remember from now on is the one that opens LastPass. Check out this video to see exactly how LastPass will allow you to give the ol’ “Nyah Nyah” to would-be hackers everywhere.
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