2016 was the year for hackers, Yahoo was hacked and a lot of passwords hash were stolen, Facebook and Equifax were also hacked and almost 4 billion passwords hash were stolen and of course will be sold hackers in the dark web.
YOU USE THE SAME PASSWORD?
The problem is there are a lot of us who use the same password for all your accounts if your password hash is one of the 4 billion that means all your accounts have become automatically vulnerable.
A password hash is a form of encryption used to store passwords in a database, hashed passwords are not impossible to decrypt but a more complicated password is technically difficult to decrypt.
The best solution is to create a strong unique password for all different account your create and avoid using Facebook or Google quick logins. If any of those accounts account gets bridged, all accounts created via those methods could also become history.
USE PASSWORD MANAGERS
Yes! I know creating a unique password for all your accounts is a problem and difficult to remember. That’s where password managers come in. A password manager offers convenience and, more importantly, will help you create better passwords, which in turn makes your online existence less vulnerable to password-based attacks.
ONE PASSWORD TO REMEMBER ALL
To access all your passwords you only have to remember one password, but this it means that one passport must be very strong. I recommend you use a 16 character password which contains uppercase, lowercase, and numbers.
CROSS PLATFORM SUPPORT
Most password managers consist of apps or browser extensions for various platforms (Windows, Mac, Android phones, iPhone) which and help you share your password to all your various devices irrespective of what platform.
PASSWORD HACK NOTIFICATION
Password managers also have the ability to notify you of possible hacks on a website and suggest you update your password.
FREE PASSWORD MANAGERS BECAUSE WE LOVE FREE
LastPass is one of the most popular and well-known password managers out there. It works on nearly every platform and device available, and it is the only service we recommend that offers password syncing between devices on its free plan.
LastPass stores your credentials and other sensitive data encrypted on its server, and you access your data through apps or browser extensions. You can choose whether LastPass can autofill forms for you, alert you about potentially compromised accounts, or search your password vault for weak passwords. LastPass also supports two-factor authentication.
There is a $3 premium package which adds support for more two-factor options like YubiKey, 1 gigabyte of encrypted file storage, priority customer service, and emergency access.
Google’s password manager is a browser-based password manager. However it checks all the key features as well as having strong security, if you use an Android device, it can also suggest passwords autofill your password within apps.
The major downside to google password is it works best in Chrome browser and you will only usable within Google’s ecosystem like Android and chrome. But it’s a cheaper alternative to the paid version.
Most security experts wouldn’t recommend a browser-based password manager because the focus of these company is mostly on the browser and not password management, hence they tend to miss out on key features and security.
But I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this as a free alternative to hocked android and chrome users because your passwords can also be managed online
This is apple alternative to Google’s password. Just like Google’s solutions, it’s free, ecosystem limited and not a feature rich as the paid versions.
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY
The process of keeping your account safe could be hectic, different username and password, but it’s better to take these necessary steps than battle with hacked accounts.