5 Ways to Keep Your Password Safe
Now that we’ve gone through the six step method to create a secure password, let’s touch on some ways to keep your complex password safe.
- Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor (or two-step) authentication (2FA) is a good extra step to protect your high-level passwords. This way even if hackers do steal a password, they will not be able to get into your account unless they have access to the secondary device. However, try to avoid sms codes to your phone as it’s easy enough for hackers to intercept sms codes by stealing your mobile number.
- Make sure no-one sees you enter your password and don’t tell anyone
It seems like a simple one, but if you are in a public place be careful to keep your password covered. As much as you think you’re always going to be friends with someone, times change, so it’s best to keep your password to yourself.
- Always log off
If you are going to leave your device around, be sure to log out of any accounts and off your device before leaving it.
- Avoid entering passwords on devices you do not control and using unsecured Wi-Fi connections.
For example, computers at an Internet café or a library are not the best place to do your internet banking as they may have been bugged with malware that steals passwords. Also, internet connection at say a café or the airport can be easily intercepted, and your passwords and data stolen.
- Do not reuse old passwords
As much as a password from your youth might make you feel nostalgic, password strengths have changed over the years so revisiting an old password is not the best idea.