How many of your accounts have the same passcodes? Probably more than you’d like to admit. Each time you use the same password you put each one of those accounts at risk.
Creating long unique passwords for all your accounts is the best way to minimize that risk. It is recommended that you use a minimum of at least 8 characters and use a combination of three unrelated words. These words should only have meaning to you and don’t signify anything important. Other things to consider include:
- Use a random sequence of characters
- Don’t use personal dates, song titles, or famous phrases
- Set unique passwords for all your accounts
While these might seem like tough rules to follow, you can also make it easier by using a password manager.
Always use a 2FA (Two-factor authentication). This provides another layer of protection if your password is compromised. This could be a code generated by an app, a fingerprint or facial scan, etc. Avoid using 2FA systems that require you to receive a code by text. If a criminal compromises your phone they’ll have access to your 2FA text as well.
Is the information you’re sharing on social media safe? What about online games?
You should really pay attention to what you’re sharing on social media and more particularly, be careful with the apps you interact with. Many of those apps which seem like harmless games are actually gathering information from you. They may ask the name of the street you grew up on; or the name of your first pet, etc. These seemingly harmless questions may be collecting your personal information to discover your passwords or security questions in the future.
For more information regarding online safety and best practices, you can always reach out to us at info@OptfinITy.com