Password Protection: 5 Security Secrets

In Cyber Alert, News, Tech Blog by Michael Kierman

Recently at AVATAR Computing, we’ve been increasing awareness around one of the original security measures. Passwords are what we rely on to access important data. However, are you making your password secure enough? Keeping your passwords private may be tedious but you’ll be thanking yourself when your information is safe and sound.

Reset

It is good practice to change your password periodically. Microsoft security guidelines recommend that your password be changed between 30 and 180 days. While changing and updating may be easy, keep in mind that your passwords should not be identical on multiple clients.

2SA

According to The Register, over ninety percent of gmail users do not use the free Two-Step Authentication service, and when users are on a public computer they are more susceptible to having their private content looked at by unwanted eyes. By enabling the 2SA you’re creating a second security wall that only you have access to, should someone’s sneaky fingers manage to get a hold of your info while you are AFK – Away From Keyboard.

Public Access

You might want to invest the “Incognito” technique if you have access to public computers, especially in college. With a combination of the Ctrl+Shift+N keys your form data will not be saved once the window is closed. You ought to log out, even while using Incognito Mode for good practice.

Autofill

When it comes to favorite sites we often visit it is easy to rely on autofill password setting. In fact, in 2016, eighteen percent of users answered to rely on this method of password management the most. What if I told you that your password can still be viewed, even with the characters being concealed? Yes. There are methods to changing the on-screen characters to display your private password information.

3rd Party Tools

Lastly, a piece of advice for users: Utilize the free service called Lastpass. This database allows you to store your passwords and sensitive information securely. In addition to secured password management, accessing Lastpass from your smartphone will prompt you for your fingerprint ID to access your data.

In the end, your best bet is to keep your passwords safely hidden offline.

Eduardo Cabello III

Worcester, MA

May 2018