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3 quick tips for maintaining passwords for services online

People now days are trying to steal all of your data, hack your computer by holding your data hostage. We will go over some simple security tips to help you avoid these mistakes.

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1. Use unique passwords for all your accounts

Using the same password over and over again is very dangerous. For example, a hacker obtains your password to your email then the hacker will research  through your email and find random services that you have signed up for or use. Next the hacker will go to that service and use the forgot password and will reset your passwords for all of your services. I would recommend setting a unique password for all of your online services then save your password using a password manager discussed below. If you forget the password simply use the forgot my password for a service and set another unique password. If you are stuggling on what password to use try out the random password generator.

2. Use a password manager

Software such as LastPass (free) or 1Password, which will store your passwords, generate secure random ones for you, and sync them across multiple devices.

If you can memorise all your passwords, you can almost guarantee that they aren’t varied enough to be secure. A password manager may feel like putting all your eggs in one basket, but it’s a padded secure basket kept up-to-date by the best minds in the basket business, and what you’re doing right now is more like juggling the eggs above your head while blindfolded.

Download the password manager, install it on your desktop (you can do mobile later), and start running it. You don’t even have to change your passwords all at once: the manager will notice when you log in, and ask you whether you want to save the new password. 

3) Use random passwords

 Once you’ve got your password manager, use it to generate secure random passwords for you, rather than trying to invent your own.

You aren’t as random as you think, and “brute forcing” passwords – systematically trying every variation until you succeed – is getting quicker at the same rate computers are. If you have a handy method for creating passwords, like “take the first letter of every word in a line of poetry”, then someone else has probably also realised the same thing, and written a programme to automatically guess those passwords. 

You’ve already got your password manager set up, yes? Even if you haven’t, some browsers will do it for you. Google Chrome, for instance, will happily generate random passwords when signing up for new accounts, then store them in passwords.google.com

 

 

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