How To Properly Manage Your Passwords
At the core of the digital world is a security infrastructure that currently operates in conjunction with user-defined passwords in order to provide a level of trusted protection and privacy.
Similar to maintaining your car for both convenience and safety purposes, your various account passwords need to be maintained on a regular basis to ensure that your account information is not compromised.
Our Shortlist Of The Best Password Practices:
Don’t use a single word for your password; use an entire phrase. It’s best to make your password 14+ characters in length, including capital letters, lower case letters, numbers, and at least one special character (*$@#).
Suggestion: Use a full song lyric, quote, or poem line followed by both numbers and special characters.
Make it a habit to change your password routinely. We suggest that your passwords be changed every 90 days. And remember, every account registered under your name needs its own unique password.
Suggestion: Set a reminder on your computer or mobile device to remind you when it’s time to change your account passwords.
Don’t use easily locatable or identifiable information as part of your password. That means that your mother’s maiden name, your street address, first car, dog’s name, and nickname, and dog’s name are all insufficient.
Suggestion: Don’t use any of the aforementioned titles as answers to your Forgot Password Reminder questions.
When assigning your Forgot Password Reminder questions, make sure to use an answer that only you will know … But, also one that you’ll remember.
Suggestion: Don’t provide a false answer, as this will only hurt your chances at accessing your account in the future.
Password Management Tools and express payment tools (Apple Pay/Google Wallet) aren’t the most secure route.
Just think about it…
If the password to your Management Tool or your quick-pay option is compromised, the third-party accessing the account will have each and every one of your account passwords at their disposal, or worse, your credit card information. This creates a single point of total failure.
Suggestion: If you currently utilize one of these tools, make sure that the password used for that account is unique to that account, and is the strongest of all your passwords. Also, remember to change the password routinely.
If you find that you are routinely using the “Forgot Password” option when accessing a specific account, you may be operating a compromised account. It’s possible that a hacker has gained access to your account and continually changes your password.
If you think that your account has been compromised, immediately change your current password, change the assigned email account and corresponding password.
You’ll also need to review your bank account/credit card statements for any unauthorized purchases.
Suggestion: Notify the company where the compromised account exists to see if there are further steps to take, and to help prevent a future breach.
User-defined Passwords Are Here To Stay… For Now
The fact of the matter is that passwords play a part in everyday life, and that we’ve yet to find a solid progression from user-defined passwords.
Sure, retina and fingerprint scanners have become the hottest new security technology, but it’s already been proven that both the ease of replication and hacking of both mediums makes these scanners a much more easy target. Improved scanner technology may be the future of security, but it’s the user-defined password system that remains most secure in the present.
What are your thoughts on password management tools?
What do you think of products like Google Wallet and Apple Pay?
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