Passwords, they used to say, are like toothbrushes–don’t share them and change them often. Indeed that rule is still true but security is more than just changing your passwords often and keeping them to yourself. Passwords, unfortunately, are our first line of defense in protecting our online accounts, our identities, and our transactions. Passwords should be as long and as complex as possible, which is why you should use a password manager such as LastPass. LastPass will generate a random, long, and complex password that you don’t have to remember because it remembers them for you. There’s only two things you have to remember when you use LastPass: logoff of LastPass before you leave your computer and the LastPass master password.
And since passwords aren’t your only defense in this cyber-connected and unsafe world, I’m providing a list of tips to help keep you safe and secure during your online excursions. Read and heed.
- Use the screen lock feature of your phones, tablets, and computers.
- Use a random non-guessable passcode for unlocking screens.
- Use a password manager.
- Use different passwords for each online account (saved in your password manager)
- Install all hardware and software updates as they’re presented.
- Only install apps from the app store and only those that have many good reviews.
- Turn off tracking from your apps.
- Use a VPN or your cellular network in public places.
- Keep phone conversations private.
- Perform online banking in private.
- Use two-factor authentication on social media and financial sites.
- Cover your device when entering passwords.
I know these are tips that you read and hear all the time but you need to remember them at all times. There is no trusted public environment and a secured WiFi connection is no guarantee of security. Anyone can setup a WiFi connection and supply a common password to it.
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