“Passwords are like underwear: you don’t let people see it, you should change it very often, and you shouldn’t share it with strangers.” – Chris Pirillo. Below are three things to consider when password protecting your computer or other hardware and applications.
1. Have you used this password before?
All passwords should be unique to avoid getting multiple accounts compromised at once.
2. Would someone be able to guess this password with knowledge of your personal life?
For example, birthdate, child’s name, pet’s name, etc. should all be avoided as it may be too easy for someone to guess.
3. Do you have Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) enabled?
This will allow you to verify all login attempts through your mobile device. For more information on this tool, check out our blog post on 2-factor authentication.
On top of these considerations, make sure your passwords are kept in a safe place. We recommend utilizing a password management app like Lastpass or Google Password Manager. Each application allows you to create and store unique passwords in a safely encrypted digital vault that you can access with a hyper-secure master password. Instead of having to remember several passwords that look like your cat stepped on the keyboard, you only have to remember one!
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