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Stay Secure: How to Keep Your Passwords out of the Wrong Hands

Updated: Nov 21, 2023


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Password theft is the most common cause of cybersecurity incidents.


In today's digital world, good password hygiene is critical, but unfortunately, most people still prioritize convenience over security.



Today, we'll take a look at some crucial aspects of password management and keeping our login data secure.


A recent Bitdefender study focused on consumer behavior online revealed that six in 10 people face at least one cyber threat in a 12-month span. A key culprit was poor password management.

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What constitutes a strong password?


If you can't be bothered to use different passwords for each account, make the few passwords you do use difficult to guess.


Use at least eight characters (preferably more), upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters (#% $, for example).


Use a password that only you can remember and that others will find difficult to guess, which means you should avoid using names, birth dates, and other information that others may associate with you.



So Many passwords, How to Remember?


Everyone agrees that remembering a unique password for each account is a pain.

If you use the same password for social media, online stores, and streaming services, it only takes one of those services to be hacked for the password to be sold to cybercriminals on the dark web.

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This is where a password manager can help.


It generates strong passwords for you and securely stores them behind the most stringent data security protocols for easy auto-fill when needed. All you need to be concerned about is your master password.



Use multi-factor authentication. Always


Multi-factor authentication (MFA) ensures that you are logging in, not someone who stole your password, whether it is a string of numbers sent via SMS or a four-letter code dropped in your inbox.


Enable it for any service that provides it.

Over the last year, Google has made strides to push MFA onto users and recently reported a 50% drop in account compromise – a good indication that it works, and that you should jump on the MFA bandwagon.


Malware designed to steal passwords


Password thieves can be found anywhere. These Trojan horses silently infiltrate your computer via unvetted warez or torrent downloads (pirated content, key generators, and so on) and send your valuable login credentials to those who command them behind the scenes.


To keep malware at bay, always keep a trusted security solution running on your computer. Keep your software up to date as well to prevent password-stealing malware from exploiting unpatched flaws.


Finally...


Online identity theft is becoming a more common and serious problem, and it is likely to become more prevalent in the coming years if cybersecurity efforts fail to keep up with the sophistication of cyberattacks.


This emphasizes the importance of understanding how to keep your personal information safe online.


To keep your valuable data and information safe, use stronger passwords and a password manager to store them, limit what you share on social networking sites, ensure the security of your wireless network, and never give out personal information online or download any suspicious email attachments.


If you adhere to these fundamental principles, you will reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a cyberattack.


If you wants to strengthen and take precautions on protecting your online data, Call us at +65 6262 0402 or email us at care@acebizservices.com.




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