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New Year Means New Passwords

Posted on January 02, 2020
  
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New year? New passwords.

The start of the new year is the perfect time for you to make changes and focus on things you were maybe not so successful with in 2019. Some people may be focusing on eating healthier, or working out more often, but have you thought about taking the time to make some changes to your personal and professional technology?

As we enter the new year, we must be aware that not a single person is completely invincible when it comes to cyber-attacks. One of the most common ways cyber criminals can unlock your personal information is through passwords. Is your password safe? Is your password easy for criminals to crack in less than a second? In order to not become a victim of a cyberattack, here are a few steps you can take to keep your information safe in 2020.

  • Look into investing in a password manager. LastPass is a one of many apps that keeps your passwords safe. They offer a free version as well as a version for $36 per year. This is the perfect app that includes a password manager which safely stores your passwords online. According to LastPass, employees reuse a password on average of 13 times.
  • When creating a password, the UK NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) suggests using three random words in your password. This is the best way to create a password that is memorable yet strong enough to beat hackers.
  • Use finger print authentication instead of typing in your password. It is more user friendly, you can't forget a fingerprint, AND no one can guess a finger print! 
  • It is important to regularly change your passwords. The longer your passwords sits, the more likely it will be exposed to hackers. 
  • Make sure you are using different passwords for every app and online site. If a hacker is able to unlock one of your accounts by unlocking your password, this means he/she will now be able to easily hack your other accounts.

    People overestimate the ability of websites to protect their passwords. Even the people with the strongest passwords still remain possible victims of cybercrimes. Let 2020 be the year that we all focus more on our personal and professional cybersecurity and safety. 

 

 

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