How safe are your passwords?

In the digital world we live in our social media profiles, banking information, even our medical files can be accessed anywhere in seconds wherever you have an internet connection. But how safe is your information? This article gives tips and tricks to make sure your most private information, stays, well, private. Taken from an article by Nick Berry, data scientist at Facebook.

Dual Factor

If possible, Berry says, have a dual-factor authentication. When set up it works like a double check system to assure that you are who you say you are when you log in. For example, if you set up Code Generator on Facebook, a random code will be sent to a separate device, such as your smartphone and you will only be able to log in if you had that short code. Fingerprint authentication on smartphones is always another smart way to go, by requiring not only a PIN or a password but also a scan of your index or thumb print it adds an even more secure level of protection.

Make it ObsKur3

If dual factor isn’t available, choose a strong password for each service, Berry writes. So if one of your services are cracked, such as social media, the rest of your accounts, such as your banking services, will but locked down tight. If you have trouble remembering passwords for each service, there are password managers available can be used to keep track of all your complex and various passwords. Click here to explore the best password managers of 2018.

Write it Down

If digital password managers don’t appeal to you, or you prefer the feel of paper and pencil, Berry suggests old fashioned paper may be the way to go. Most hackers are remotely based and have no idea who you are, let alone that you have every password written in a pink Hello Kitty notebook you bought at Dollar General for $2. And unless a cyber thief is setting out to steal your information, if you experience a break in, the criminal is going to be more concerned with your television, credit cards, and jewelry than your Hello Kitty notebook.

Pay Extra Attention to Protecting Your Main Email Account with an Impenetrable Password

Do you have one email you use for everything? Online bill pay, social media accounts, etc.? Email account password recovery is getting more and more complex, so you’ll only be doing yourself a favor if you make sure your email is one of the most complex passwords in your arsenal.

Use Fake Answers

If you use those “secret questions,” Berry suggests using bogus answers–but ones you’ll remember. Hackers can easily find the name of your cat (We see all those Facebook posts with Fluffy in the sailor outfit) so strive to be creative, but in a way that you can remember, remember that Hello Kitty notebook? Jot that down as well.

Don’t Save Your Password

Some services let you save your passwords so you don’t have to keep typing it in. While this adds a level of convenience for you, it also adds a level of convenience for someone else who hops on your computer or your smartphone. One of the most dangerous sites to have this setting used on is your main email. Imagine the damage someone could do if they went to your banking service, clicked that little lost password link and had a new password sent to your email.

Set Up a Burner

Don’t enter any personal information into sites you don’t trust. Berry suggests using a “burner” account name, an email account you don’t care about. Bonus tip, this is also handy to do to handle ads or promotions from sites you don’t use regularly but love a good deal, it keeps your regular email from being bogged down but also gives you access to promo codes and sales.

And, of course, Berry says, never, ever, tell anyone (this includes your best friend, spouse, dog, or cat) your passwords.