Password Boss Security Tips
As technology becomes more integrated into our daily lives, we firmly believe that everyone should take measures to improve their online security. Here are a few tips that you can start using today to boost your online security and protect yourself against cyber criminals.
1. Create strong passwords
Creating a strong password is one of the most essential security tips you can follow. Weak passwords consist of short lengths, standard series, standard words, and general personal information. Examples of weak passwords include: 1234, ABCD, Apple, and SaraB. Passwords like these are very easy to crack.
To create a strong password, write a long string of random uppercase letters, lower case letters, and numbers. Passwords that utilize this method are much more difficult to crack and will significantly boost your level of security.
2. Use a different password for every account
You are putting yourself in an extremely vulnerable position if you currently use the same password for every account. Why? Because as soon as someone cracks or guesses your password, they instantly have access to all of your accounts.
Having someone violate your privacy with one account is dangerous, but having someone violate your privacy with multiple accounts is far worse.
3. Change your password after each security breach
If you have an account on a site that is hacked, it is critical that you change your password as soon as possible. Once your information is compromised from a breach, there is no telling where it will travel. The cyber criminals may be selling it off to other people, listing it for public
display, stealing your identity, or using your information to gain access to your other accounts. To ensure the cyber criminals can’t continue accessing your account on the site they breached, be sure to change your password as soon as you find out the site was compromised.
4. Log out of your account after every session
It can seem like an unnecessary task, but logging out of your account after every session is an easy way to make sure that you are the only one accessing your information. If you don’t log out of your account and accidentally lose your device, the person who picks it up can easily access all of the accounts you’re logged into.
5. Never write your personal information in a place where it can be found by others
Do you have a notebook with all of your passwords in it? Or perhaps a sticky note on your computer monitor with your new login info? While we can all be forgetful and feel the need to write things down, writing your passwords in accessible locations makes it incredibly easy for someone to walk by and gain access to your accounts. A security breach due to this type of event is something that can easily be avoided simply by storing your passwords in a safe place that no one else has access to.
6. Change your passwords on a regular basis
As much as you may like to think that your accounts are perfectly safe, you never know for sure. It’s possible that someone hacked your account and never told you, or knows your password and frequently logs into your profiles behind your back. Because of this, it’s a good idea to change your passwords every few months. This way, if someone manages to gain access to your account, they’ll no longer be able to login due to your new password.
7. Don’t enter your information in unfamiliar login forms or subscription forms
Popup windows and advertisements are becoming more popular on the web. However, you don’t always know where they lead to or where your information is going once you press the submit button. As a result, we strongly urge you to avoid submitting your personal information
to any login form or subscription form unless you completely trust the source.
8. Keep a secure backup of your personal information
If you forget your password or lose the piece of paper that you had it written down on, you want to make sure that you can easily get it back and save the hassle of contacting the company to have them reset it for you. Keeping a secure backup of your passwords makes your life much easier and you can rest assured the records of your information haven’t fallen into dangerous hands.