Websites that require you to input personal information, usually require that you create a secure account. Whether that account is simply a matter of entering your email and a password of any length or a very detailed process including name, location, payment information and a password that needs to be upwards of 8 characters, we’re no longer surprised by this process and have become somewhat complacent in regards to password creation.
Connect Think has seen many different security methods. We have high standards for security and recommend a particular method to all of our clients. In this article, we will run through various methods you can use to keep yourself secure and how we can help keep your business and your website online and out of the hands of those who want to do harm.
We all think we have the perfect password(s), a string of words that no one could ever know relate to you along with some numbers that apply to your life and the symbols that are easiest for you to reach on the keyboard. Unfortunately, those of us using these methods are unknowingly putting our private information in jeopardy.
As a business or project owner, it is imperative to ensure that your personal and professional account information remains secure. Analyzing your professional accounts is imperative and includes many factors. The process of ensuring your information is safe is multi-fold and for top quality security, you should consult tech professionals. One step you can take action on today is updating existing online accounts with secure passwords and developing your pattern for use when creating new accounts.
First, it is important to understand that hackers have software systems that comb through password combinations quickly and very efficiently. After using words from the dictionary and combinations of them, next adding numbers, and later random combinations of both, these programs may move on to adding symbols. The important thing to note here is that software systems don’t need to know what information applies to your life; they don’t have to “crack your code” because they’re generating these phrases randomly.
You shouldn’t resign to the concept that eventually one of your accounts will be hacked. Yes, it can be challenging to create new, memorable passwords that are secure, but there are ways to keep your head above water. Below are a few strategies to build secure passwords and protect yourself from hackers.
Create Strong Passwords
Shift your way of thinking when creating new passwords.
- Use a full sentence including a number as a password; instead of spelling out each word, string the first letters together, mix in capitalization, and add punctuation.
- Utilize a random string of words.
- Create long passwords, well beyond the typically required eight characters.
Note: If you have the option to vary your username, take advantage of it. This change alters yet another variable that is necessary to hack user accounts.
Keep Accounts Secure
Having different passwords for each account is necessary to keep all of your accounts safe. This action eliminates the possibility of a hacker having the ability to access multiple accounts after uncovering one password. Put simply, do not use the same password across multiple online services.
While not necessarily changing the odds of your password being stolen each moment, changing your password will prevent a hacker from re-accessing your account if they have already obtained your private information without your knowledge. In essence, changing your password will lock them out of your account.
Now that you have taken the necessary steps to create strong passwords and have a plan to keep them secure, you need a way to remember what you have changed and a simple way to log in. Luckily, opposite the hackers, developers have made the process safe and easy. Check out three of the top password management tools.
Whether you’re looking for free options or aren’t opposed to small payments, we’ve covered the bases. Taking the steps above is a great starting point to keeping your information (life) secure.
Trusting software to take care of your personal data is stressful. Imagining the realistic threats to your company can be terrifying. Most business owners don’t worry about exposure of corporate information until they are made aware of a threat to their security. Unfortunately, some individuals actively seek out weaknesses in company systems. Although it is reasonable to be wary of new software solutions, developers can assist you in creating systems that are secure so that you can rest comfortably knowing that your valuable information is safe from those looking to do harm.