Passwords are your first line of defense from hackers so it’s important to practice password safety. Read below for some password tips:
Use strong passwords.
Never use something easily guessed like personal phrases or phone numbers, and NEVER use your social security number as a password. Your passwords should contain at least eight characters as a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Including uppercase and lowercase letters is highly encouraged.
Don’t repeat passwords.
It’s easy to use the same password for every platform, but that’s not safe. Consider variations of your passwords, and never auto-save your usernames and passwords.
Change your passwords regularly.
It’s a good idea to update your passwords quarterly or yearly. It is always recommended you change your password at the time of a threat or concern.
Use 2FA where possible.
2FA stands for two-factor authentication and it means that once you’ve entered in your password, you’ll be asked for a second verification. Second verifications can come as a code via text or email or as a series of personal questions. If someone steals or uncovers your password, they won’t be able to access your information without the secondary code. So how do you implement 2FA? Some sites and applications require it or have the option already. If not, go to your phone’s app store and download one for free.
Never auto-store your passwords.
For your protection, you should always type your information in the login each time you want to access. This is especially important for those who give children their phones for entertainment. Children could unknowingly and innocently sign into your accounts and share your information when passwords are auto-saved.