You may have dozens of online passwords like your Facebook password, Gmail password, YouTule password, etc. But how to do you secure these passwords? Here’re 4 simple tips for protecting online passwords.
1. Use different password for different website
Since it’s a difficult task to remember all of our passwords, we tend to use the same passwords for every website. Though this decreases the difficulty and time in keeping your passwords, the risk of data loss is much higher. Once one website password has been compromised, your other accounts will be at risk.
2. Change your password on a regular basis
No password couldn’t be compromised. Changing your password regularly is a great way to guarantee some level of safety for all of your online accounts. That’s why most computer experts and online security professionals recommend changing your Internet passwords and account login information at least once every three months.
3. Avoid weak and simple passwords
A weak password can be easily hacked or guessed while a strong password can guard against attacks. So never use simple passwords like “123456”, “password”, etc. To make your password strong enough, make sure your password is a mixture of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, symbols and at least 8 characters long. A random mix of numbers, symbols, and uppercase and lowercase letters is hard to crack but difficult to remember. So make user your password is easy for you to keep track of while it’s hard to be guessed.
4. Use a password manager religiously
Password manger is a great way to store and manger all your passwords. KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).