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Are your passwords secure?

December 14 2019

Who uses the same password for everything?
If you answered yes then STOP!

New security threats emerge daily, so it is a MUST! That you should update your passwords and take cybersecurity measures in order to protect your data.

  1. Use different passwords for each account

    Depending on which company has carried out research, it shows that between 59 & 83% of online accounts use duplicated passwords. Using the same password for multiple accounts is a security risk because once a hacker is able to identify one of your passwords; they can easily gain access to your other accounts that use the same password.

  2. Use secure password generators

    If creating multiple passwords seems challenging, try using a password generator. Select how long the password should be, what symbols and numbers to include, and a strong password will then be created. Apple users can take advantage of strong password suggestions when signing up for a new account or changing passwords on their device. Both password generators and Apple suggestions tend to create long passwords in an effort to secure your data. Since passwords should be difficult to guess, the experts at Computer Trouble-shooters recommend using password generators to help you create original login information.

  3. Use password managing software

    Secure passwords include multiple characters and numbers and keeping track of complex logins can be very difficult. Using password-managing software eliminates the need to remember every high-strength password you create and which account it belongs. Software programs such as LastPass or Dashlane streamline both personal and business account passwords. You simply need to remember one master password, LastPass or Dashlane will keep track of the others so you know that your information is safe and secure.

  4. Enable two-factor authentication

    Enabling two-factor authentication on all of your accounts ensures your data is safe from security threats. When you log in to an account using two-factor authentication, you are required to prove your identity in two steps. The most common way websites use this is by texting a code to your mobile phone, which you then have to enter on the account you are logging into along with your password. Using two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security beyond a username and password.

When a hacker targets you, not only is your personal information at risk, but hackers can also install malware onto your device causing harm to your computer. Using the above password best practices will improve your cybersecurity and your defence against hackers, but passwords are only one component of cybersecurity. Contact Jaycees Pcs to create a personalized plan to secure your data and keep your network safe.

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