We recommend using a password manager (if you don’t already), and we also recommend using multi-factor authentication whenever possible, regardless of whether you’re using a password manager. We also recommend being smart about how you create new passwords, and we strongly recommend changing your passwords regularly.
1. Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication uses a two-step process to ensure that you’re the only one who can access your account. This is done by giving you a token (a code) that’s created and sent to your phone, which you would enter along with your password at the time of login. To make it even more secure, turn on app verification so that an app installed on your computer or phone will also ask for the code or token.
2. Avoid reusing passwords
Using the same passwords for several accounts may be easy, but you’re making it easier for cyber criminals to gain access to multiple accounts. If they gain access to one of your accounts, the can have access to all with that same password.
Even if you have a strong password, it is important to use a different one for every account you use.
3. Protect your password list
Some people keep a password list instead of having to remember all the different passwords on each account. If you do this, it is important to keep your password list safe so that it can’t be easily found by others. If you have a written password book, make sure it is kept hidden. If you can obfuscate the passwords further buy writing in your own shorthand or code, that is even better.
Passwords should NEVER be saved in text files on the computer. Excel is continent way of saving passwords, but it is also convenient for hacker to steel.
4. Do not mix personal and work emails
It’s important not to use a single email account for business and personal correspondence. This can result in a massive data loss when a cybercriminal cracks your password and gains access to your email account.
Instead, you should create an email account to consolidate your work communications and a separate personal account for communication with friends and family.
5. Use a password manager
A password manager can help you create and store good strong passwords for each account. You then only need to remember the password to access you password manager.
A good password manager will encrypt all your information but also allow you to access the credentials from any of your devices. It can also cave securely your credit card information for easy internet shopping.