Cyber security is now at the forefront of our minds. While news stories about data breaches, leaks and cyber hackers continue to make headlines, more and more companies and social media platforms are asking for our personal information and storing it online. From internet banking and managing your superfund, to shopping online, booking flights and submitting official documents, we are increasingly leaving a longer digital trail of our personal, banking and health records online, and the only thing standing between them and people who would use that information for nefarious purposes, is usually a password.
Everybody knows how difficult it is to create and manage multiple passwords, especially if you’re one of those people who taking pride in creating incredibly difficult combinations of numbers, letters and symbols to protect your accounts. However, it’s incredibly important that you don’t use simple passwords, or reuse the same password across multiple platforms and services.
Use an easily guessable and common password
Use personal information or repeated characters in passwords
Have a single word as a password
Use the same password for multiple accounts
Give out your passwords
List your passwords in your computer or mobile phone, or in a document called ‘passwords’
Create strong passwords by using a long combination of letters, numbers and symbols
Use a password manager
Use two-factor authentication on all platfoms and services that provide it, such as Facebook, Google and banking apps
Regularly change your passwords
These are some of the most common passwords:
Check if your password has been exposed by running it through Have I Been Pwned
According to PC Magazine, these are the best free password managers of 2018.
- LogMeOnce Password Management Suite
- Myki password Manager & Authenticator
- 1U Password Manager
- Enpass Password Manager 5
- KeePass 2.34
- Symantec Norton Identity Safe
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