The answer is simple — setting unique and complex passwords for all accounts. Given the sheer volume of our digital transactions, we know that’s easier said than done. But it’s still essential. If remembering complicated passwords is what’s stopping you, there’s always a recovery and reset process to fall back on.
Here are a few tips on keeping your passwords safe and secure.
The longer, the better
Choose characters or phrases with special meaning to you. Alternatively, use random characters or combine unrelated words in a row. While you’re at it, throw in some symbols, punctuations, or numbers for extra security.
Don’t recycle passwords
Resist the urge to use the same passwords across multiple accounts. Cybercriminals can easily catch on and crack even the most unique passwords. Use a password manager if you need help keeping track of your log-ins.
Avoid publishing personal details on social media
Keep personal details off social handles as much as possible. Cybercriminals thrive on the details – the seemingly innocuous information we share online. It’s what they can use to crack passwords and take over our digital lives.
Two-factor or multi-factor authentication offers an additional layer of protection. Besides passwords, many websites today ask for verification codes sent to your phone or facial/fingerprint scans to verify your user identity. If the option is available, make sure to use it.
You don’t need to change passwords all the time. But you absolutely must when there are indications of a security breach on any account.