We wanted to give some of our top tips on how you can easily increase the security, not only for you but maybe even for you own company. By increasing simple security principals or behaviors you can increase the security so much.
Tip 1: Password Managers
I personally recommend LastPass, which is a service that keep tracks, generate and can change password for you. LastPass can be described in many ways, but I see it as a password bank that you can access at any point in time effortlessly.
I also have a bad memory, so when I have to have a lot of different passwords, I tend to forget which password is for which website. So I basically used to “hack” myself and try different combinations, or get sick and tired of it and just reset the password all together.
With LastPass, I don’t have to do any of that. I just have one super strong master password to log in to LastPass and then I have all my passwords stored. They also have a password generator which creates and saves a password automatically which is generated specifically to protect against hacking.
On top of this, LastPass also have a great autofill function. A little button you can press and select which account you want to log in to and then it does the rest for you. You don’t even need to type it in.
I could go on and on about how much I love LastPass but it’s most certainly better if I just refer you to their website so you can see for yourself. I recommend you use this service, then you can be lazy with your passwords but still have everything secured.
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Tip 2: Multiple different passwords for different sites
We all use multiple different platforms such as, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. It’s very important to have different passwords for all platforms we use. Main reason being that in case one account gets hacked, the hacker will not have your credentials for all of the platforms which you might use. Also, if one of the platforms would have a breach and leak your password, your credentials won’t spread beyond that data leakage.
Tip 3: Don’t use an “old” password for master password
If you think back to your early days of your internet activity, was there ever any “non mainstream” forums you spent time on? Perhaps some game that wasn’t so popular that you used to play? A high chance might be that those databases holding your password might be insecure and have leaked your password. So using an old password increases the chances of you being easily brute force since your password have a high chance flying around in the wild
These may still be something that hackers are checking just cause they feel like it. As an example, check this list of breaches.
If you’re even slightly uncertain if an old password may still be in use, I suggest you update it. Getting hacked doesn’t feel good at all.
Tip 4: 2 Factor Authentication
I know, I know. No brainer, right? However, there are still so many people that are not using 2FA. 2FA is arguably the best way to keep you safe. Just type in your password, check your phone, type in the code and you’re logged in. Takes a short amount of time to set up and takes a short amount of time to use upon a login. Then, even if someone gets a hold of your password, they still can’t do anything unless they steal your phone first. Which is such a ridiculously far fetched scenario that you don’t even have to worry about it.
Also, it is pretty hilarious to have 2FA and then getting a request such as “new login request from Moscow”. Then you can sit back, have a giggle, have a sip of coffee and then change your password in peace.
Some password managers even provide 2FA platforms. Google is my personal favorite though.