May 4th is World Password Day. Here are few tips to make sure you choose right set of passwords for your ever-growing digital accounts:
Use a password manager: Password managers generate and store strong passwords for you, so you don’t have to remember them. They also autofill passwords for you, which makes it easier to use different passwords for different accounts. Using a password manager, you only have to remember 1 strong password.
Use a strong and unique password: A strong password should contain a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using easily guessable information like your name, birthdate, or common words. It helps to remember to set it as a PassPHRASE instead of a PassWORD.
Enable two-factor authentication (2FA): 2FA adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring a second form of identification, such as a fingerprint scan, a code sent to your phone, or a security key.
Don’t reuse passwords: If a hacker gets access to one of your passwords, they can use it to access other accounts that use the same password. Use unique passwords for each account.
Change your passwords regularly: Changing your passwords periodically can help reduce the risk of a hacker gaining access to your accounts.
Be cautious of phishing scams: Don’t click on links or download attachments from unknown senders, and be wary of emails or messages that ask for your login information. Phishing scams can be used to trick you into giving away your passwords.
HIBP: Register your email on haveibeenpwned.com to monitor if your email is a part of any data breach.