Establish a Safe Password Policy…
We have all ready about the massive data breaches and security scares that impact millions of web users. In fact many breaches are caused by one seemingly innocent common factor: computer and mobile device users reuse their passwords on multiple websites at an alarmingly high rate.
I tried each of my numerous email addresses one by one and found I was more surprised when an email address proved NOT to have been affected by a breach, rather than having been affected by one.
Not good results when there are solutions available. I have written about this and Password Management before. If you want more convincing read this excellent piece by Bill Hess the founder of Pixel Privacy.
Best way to avoid password reuse
There’s and app for that. Use a dedicated Password Management Tool. I also wrote about using a management tool back in 2013, the fundamentals are still the same. There are a number of players in this market and more tools built into Chrome and Safari. However I still like LastPass even thought ownership has changed. It still offers a great solution at a great price.
And lastly use Two-Factor Authentication Where Available
I have found that two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the best methods available to protect your accounts from being hacked, even if you were silly enough to use the same login credentials on multiple websites.
Accounts that are protected by two-factor authentication require two ingredients to authorise access to the accounts. It has been best described as making use of something you know (your account password), and something you have (such as your smartphone).
Don’t Reuse Passwords
Only Use Secure Passwords
Use a Password-Management Tool
Add 2FA when possible