Keep Your Online Accounts Safe
Having good anti-malware protection is far from enough today to keep your online data safe. Even if you use a reliable password manager and two-factor authentication, there are still some tips you can apply to ensure ultimate online safety.
Use different passwords
A lot of people find it hard to remember all their passwords and that’s understandable. With the number of online accounts an average person has today, one may end up with dozens of logins and passwords, so it’s tempting to just use one password for all. However using the same password for all you online accounts is about as safe as going into the open ocean in a broken boat.
If you use one password, all your online accounts may be at risk as soon as hackers get the password. Sure, it’s impossible to keep all these passwords in your head, so your best option is to use a good password manager that will auto-fill your login credentials every time.
Many online services nowadays already use the option of two-factor authentication. If yours offers you this feature, you may want to turn it on now. In addition to your login and password, you’ll have to enter a personal one-time code that is usually sent to your email address or your phone. It’s crucial not to lose access to them, or login to such services will not be available.
Password manager software is designed to secure your online accounts and make your life easier. Most programs will offer you a randomly generated strong password and the auto-fill function. They remember login details for each of your accounts so you don’t have to worry about keeping any passwords in your head anymore. All passwords are stored well encrypted and it’s safe to have the program remember even your credit card details, so you don’t have to fill them in each time you make an online purchase.
Some password managers also offer two-factor authentication, cloud storage for your data and anti-phishing protection. Read our article on the most popular password managers for more details about the top products in this category, and make a wise choice.
Saving passwords in browsers
Almost all modern browsers support the option of storing login details and auto-filling login forms when needed. It’s a good option for those who don’t use a password manager. However, the safety of this method directly depends on how well your device is protected from unauthorized use. If someone else has access to your computer and the browser you use, they automatically get access to all your accounts. If you store your passwords in an android app, you should always use advanced options to lock the device like requiring a fingerprint of FaceID for access.