PSA - Your Dog’s name and the year of your first Kiss is not a good password.
Last week I talked about the importance of 2-factor authentication and posted another article on BackUp Protocols. I’m going to carry on with the security theme and take a good look at Password Management. Most of us have 20-30 sites that we log into on a semi-regular basis. So how do we manage those passwords? Most try and create one password that hopefully works on all the sites and often end up with a few variations of that password. Often the passwords are simple to remember phone numbers, dogs names etc. The major problem with this method is if one site gets compromised your whole online presence is at risk.
As an IT consultant, I see a number of interesting ways people are trying to manage this. I have seen spreadsheets called “Passwords “ saved on the desktop, sticky notes stuck to the monitor and a bunch of others. The problem is most of those methods can leave you extremely exposed should someone gain a bit of access whether it is online or physical access.
I recommend the use of password manager software. There is a number of pretty good ones out there. Last Pass, Dashlane etc. The one I prefer is 1Password It has all platforms covered, it works in all Browsers via an extension. it’s in Active Development and has a great feature set.
How does it work?
You get started with 1Password by opening up an account. They have free 30 day trials on Single, Family and Team Accounts. Once your account is set up you install the app on your main computer, tablet or phone. Once installed 1Password sets up a primary vault for you to start adding your accounts to it.
Team and Family Accounts
1Password recently added Team and Family accounts. This enables the user the ability to securely give access to a shared vault while keeping a private vault for other passwords. 1Password for Teams gives small business an affordable way to control access to important credentials.
Use Watchtower to find passwords you need to change Watchtower tells you about password breaches and other security problems on the websites you have saved in 1Password.
When traveling across borders our private data can be at risk. Travel Mode is a new feature available to everyone with a 1Password membership. It protects your 1Password data from unwarranted searches when you travel. When you turn on Travel Mode, every vault will be removed from your devices except for the ones marked “safe for travel.” All it takes is a single click to travel with confidence.
Hopefully, this article helps you appreciate the importance of increasing your own protection for your private data. Whether you choose 1Password or another Password Manager the key is to stop reusing the same simple passwords. You can start by Downloading a password manager and start substituting passwords like “snoopy123” to “jBJmw2vQMJgkEvwMRKR#@QU6hzg” and you will have taken a great step in protecting your online presence.