It is very important not to use the same passwords for multiple accounts, especially your Financial and Email accounts. For most people, your primary email account is a door into your entire life, making your primary email account very attractive to hackers.
Critical steps to take:
- Use a Password Manager: 1Password, Dashlane, LastPass, KeePass
- This Password Manager Cartoon helps to explain why using a Password Manager is so important and useful
- You can use the Password Manager to create complicated passwords that you do not have to remember
- You can use Keychain to generate memorable yet complicated passwords
- You will want to know your primary email and financial account passwords
- It is NOT critical to memorize the passwords for all your internet accounts, let the Password Manager do that for you
- Create passwords with at least eight characters
- Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols
- Don't share passwords
- Don't use passwords that are easy to guess
- Don't use private information in your password
- Don't use a word in the dictionary as a password
- Change your passwords regularly
- Primary Email and Financial accounts: Every 3 months
- Social Media and others: Every 6 months
- Your Password Manager can help track the age of your passwords
- Setup two-factor authentication on your primary financial and email accounts
- When you turn on two-factor authentication you have to go through a second step when logging in. This could mean:
- When a browser asks if you want to store your password, say NO.
- It is relatively easy for a hacker to crack a password stored in a browser
- Let the Password Manager input your password for you, not the browser. You can enable the Password Manager as a browser plugin.
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