As we sign up for more and more online services every day, we have a forever increasing number of passwords and other credentials. With data breaches a common occurrence these days, it is pertinent to keep a regular check on your passwords.
World Password Day – the first Thursday of May every year – is a good day to improve our password hygiene as well as online behavior to secure out digital lives.
Who’d want to hack my account on the online food ordering app? Nobody’s interested in my personal information. Don’t hackers have more important people to stalk?
We casually ignore the threats assuming these trivial mistakes in our everyday online behavior don’t really matter. But any mistake can jeopardize our digital security, and these breaches can expose personal data, including names, email addresses, passwords, government identities, dates of birth, credit card information, medical records, et al to shadowy hackers who can use this information for identity theft, financial scams, and other sinister cyber/real world crimes.
Here’s what to do.
Use strong passwords
Much has been said about the need for strong and unique passwords. Yet, every publicized data breach incident reveals that many people still opt for weak and common passwords. You should never use weak passwords or reuse the same password for more than one accounts.
Always use strong and unique passwords for each login account.
Of course, a password manager like Enpass offers a built-in Password Generator to create strong and unique passwords every time you sign up for a new service or on an app.
Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) on your online accounts is a great way to add an additional layer of security. It adds an extra step to your basic log-in process, requiring an additional bit of information apart from the password.
Again, Enpass can identify your accounts that support 2FA but do not have one-time codes saved. This enables users to recognize and filter out websites that support 2FA and enable second-factor authentication. This will, essentially, allow you to use Enpass as an authenticator app.
Get a Password Manager
The days of writing passwords on sticky notes or in a journal are long gone. Get a password manager, set it, and forget it. While it does take a while to set up your password manager and log all your credentials but post that, using a password manager is seamless allowing you to generate strong and complex passwords as well as autofilling them in webpages and apps.
Enpass offers one of the best and feature-packed password management experience across multiple platforms and devices, with marquee features including Breach Monitoring, Password Audit, and more. It also allows you to securely save all personal and sensitive information, including notes, licenses, software keys, passport, SSN, bank details, et al. Moreover, Enpass is an offline password manager. While you can sync your data across all devices via iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, WebDAV, and Box, we do not store or have access to your data.
As our lives get more entwined with growing online services and digital transactions, we need to step up our game to counter the cybercriminals who are on a constant lookout for our personal and financial information.