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The Importance of Password Security and Password Keepers

 

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Hackers are proving to be smarter and faster each and every day when it comes to hacking/breaching a network or e-mail. Some breaches, you don’t even realize that you have a breach until it’s too late. Most people don’t realize the importance of having a strong and unique password.

Hackers will usually guess at passwords to breach a network. The stronger and more unique a password is the less likely you will have a breach, but these passwords are harder to remember, therefore most people have an unprotected document with all of the passwords/websites, just ready to hand to the hacker.

Instead of this unprotected document, password managers are becoming more and more popular.

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These password managers allow the unique passwords to be stored with the website along with username and any other pertinent information with a master password to log into.

It is suggested that this master password be a very strong and very unique password (one that you will remember). These password managers can also auto generate unique/strong passwords for each site and keep track of it.

Most password manager applications have an add-in that will automatically log into the site(s) with your credentials saved in the application. (once you have logged into the add-in)

Here are a few of the password managers that are popular:

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Overall, the best way to protect yourself is to:

  • Use strong unique passwords (most websites will analyze the password you set and let you know how strong it is or if it meets their criteria)
  • Use a Password Manager
  • Don’t use the same password or version of the password on different websites
  • If on a unsecured Wifi, don’t enter in any credentials—these can be intercepted
  • Always log off of any websites after you are finished
  • If leaving your computer, make sure an “lock” it
  • Keep your security software up to date

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