Information security 101: Password management

This topic has been discussed over and over. From Internet security companies, to social media platforms, and even to corporate environments through security training sessions.

This only shows that it’s very important to safeguard your password. After all, it is your first line of defense towards your digital data. It is your key to unlocking your data such as email, online banking, etc.

Still, most people take it for granted simply because they prefer convenience over security. So in order to tackle this practice, most digital platforms nowadays offer multi-factor (2FA) authentication for an added layer of security. Unfortunately, most people still ignore this feature.

Apple, on the other hand, have implemented Face ID. Which, in turn, made security convenient whilst maintaining security.

Fingerprint authentication now also become a common practice.

However, all these added security features doesn’t mean you should just ditch in managing your password. It is still essential to take good security practices with it.

In the past few years, research has shown a startling reality of unsafe online practices including improperly handling passwords. These habits are making hackers very happy. And with the tools getting better and more sophisticated, it can become very easy for you to fall as a victim.

Unsafe online practices with passwords

Approximately 59% of Internet users use the same password in all of their online accounts. While it might be true for user convenience, all accounts will be at risk if or when one of one account is compromised. Data breaches are becoming so rampant. Last month, two big companies were breached namely Adobe Creative Cloud and Register.com.

And despite the increase in cybersecurity threats and breaches, users are still using passwords that are easy to remember that contains common phrases, or their birthdays, or the name of their dogs! Oftentimes, users tend to use the same default password provided.

What can you do?

The answer is very simple. Make it a habit to change them regularly, say, every 6 months. Or, use a password manager like LastPass. It can be very frustrating to try to remember each password you set if you have 10 online accounts!

Take advantage of enabling 2 factor authentication (2FA) on your accounts. Most platforms support this nowadays.

Stay secure!

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