World Password Day is here. Whether you need to take a first step towards improving your passwords or a refresher course, Keeper is here to help.
No matter where you are in the world, chances are high that you’re accessing a password-protected account almost daily. Between social media, email and work-related logins, it’s a lot to keep track of, and the shortcuts people use leave them vulnerable to hackers. So what can you start doing different today to improve your password hygiene?
Tip #1 Create Stronger Passwords
The first step may seem a bit obvious on the surface, but creating a strong password is arguably more nuanced than one might expect, so let’s dive in.
- The Longer, the Better- There’s no getting around this. While longer passwords can be harder to remember, they’re also harder for hackers to crack, especially if your account is being targeted by a “brute force” attack.
- Mix it Up – Make use of upper and lower case letters, as well as numbers and special characters. While it may seem that replacing an “l” with a “1” is a smart move, the truth is most of these changes are obvious and accounted for by hackers.
Tip #2 Use Unique Passwords
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a great habit for plastics, but not for passwords. A staggering 60% of passwords are used more than once, and this is a behavior that should be avoided at all costs. A strong password that is used across multiple accounts is rendered useless if just one of those accounts becomes exposed in a data breach.
Tip #3 Utilize Two-factor Authentication
Two-factor Authentication (2FA) adds another layer of security to your login. The first factor is something you know. This is the password or PIN. For a second factor, choose one of the following:
- Something You Have- This can include a text message or email with a one-time code, a time based one-time password (TOTP) generated with an application like Google Authenticator or Authy or a security key like YubiKey.
- Something You Are- This includes biometrics like fingerprint, facial, iris or voice recognition.
Tip #4 Use a Password Manager
There’s quite a lot that goes into maintaining healthy password hygiene, but fortunately, there’s a secure and easy to use solution: Keeper’s Password Manager and Digital Vault.
Managing passwords is simple and intuitive with Keeper. Keeper generates strong passwords, autofills passwords across your apps and sites with KeeperFill™ and organizes passwords on all platforms and devices. Passwords up to 51 characters in length can be generated at the touch of a button and are securely encrypted with 256-bit AES encryption and PBKDF2, widely accepted as the strongest encryption available. Manage your passwords and files in your private Keeper vault, access them from any device and securely share them with friends, family and colleagues.
Keeper is not only a strong solution for individuals, but for businesses as well. 81% of data breaches are due to weak, default or stolen passwords. Keeper allows management to enforce password policies and monitor password compliance with Keeper’s dashboards, reporting, auditing and notifications. Records can be shared securely with teams of all sizes. Configurable permissions and policies allow administrators to maintain compliance with company policies and internal controls. Learn more about our business solutions.
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Happy World Password Day, everyone!