How Hackers Get Passwords:
How to Protect Your Passwords:
Say no to obvious and common password choices.12345, password, qwerty, or personal information such as birthdays, anniversaries and names.
- Don’t store passwords in plain text format.
...or on scraps of paper within reach of your devices...
- Change your password often.
Don’t hesitate to reset it if you feel there is a possibility of compromise.
- Use account lockout and monitoring.
Automatic lockouts and notifications help prevent brute force attacks from gaining access to your information.
- Don’t use the same password on multiple accounts.
This can create a domino effect that allows hackers to take down multiple accounts with a single password.
- Use Two-Factor Authentication.
By using 2FA as an additional layer of protection you can significantly decrease the risk of an attacker gaining access to your online accounts.
- Keep it secret, keep it safe.
When it comes to sharing passwords - don't.
Cybercriminals searching for personal information are always on the hunt for new ways to get around security features and access your personal information. Even for those that follow every tip, there is still an inherent risk created by being online and active in the digital space. However, by taking the right precautions, you're able to minimize risk and maximize security while keeping your productivity on track.