All Posts Tagged: online security

Good resolution for this year: Use a password manager

David Pollino
Security

Do you ever reuse passwords? Or do you have a couple memorized that you use everywhere?

Hand writing on  black chalkboard the word "secure" with the prefix "in" crossed out.Good practice around passwords is definitive — neither is a good idea if you answered “yes” to those questions. A good password has at least 16 characters and looks something like this: Gh27cV^?b320O#Vc!. It’s never going to be easy to remember — for good reason!

So let’s take a look at password managers. These help you set up and manage strong and unique passwords for the websites you use. They’re simple to set up and use and can help protect your personal information from hackers. I strongly recommend them.

Some of the big names are LastPass, RoboForm, KeePass and Dashlane. But there are many options, both free and with a price tag for extra features.

How they work

You don’t need to set up a spreadsheet and start laboriously inputting and changing passwords. A typical password manager will install a browser plugin to capture your passwords from websites that you go to and offer to save your credentials, generating new strong passwords automatically.

They will also update changed passwords and identify weak passwords, and some will automate the password-change process for you. All you generally need to remember is the single master password that gives you access to the manager.

Just in case you’re worried about being able to access your password manager on the move, most of the top managers can also synchronize across all of your devices. For added security, many include some form of two-factor authentication. Do not use a password manager without it. If you are saving passwords in your operating system, ensure multi-factor is enabled.

Other benefits

Many password managers can also save you time by auto-filling your personal data on Web forms — first and last name, email address, phone number, etc. They can also auto-fill your credit card details, which is safer than storing them at various sites.

So, act today. Install a password manager and implement strong unique passwords to help protect yourself online. If you’d like additional detail, here’s a good article from PCmag.com that evaluates many of the current offerings.

Read More ›

Decluttering your email inbox may boost your security

David Pollino
Security
Young male worker at his computer in a small workspace, with 2 coworkers visible in the background.

We all get too many emails, and it can be easy to just go with the flow. But there are very good reasons to do a virtual declutter now and then.

Read More ›

How guarded are you from spear phishing and social media deception?

David Pollino
Security

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center has released two educational videos to help thwart social media deception and spear phishing.

Read More ›

Social-networking safety for you and your business

David Pollino
Security
Man looking down at his table at work, holding a cup of coffee, while another man walks past the large window behind him and daylight streams in.

All the information you share is potentially useful to thieves involved in identity theft, fraud, impersonation, and masquerading.

Read More ›

Data breach checkup: How’s your incident response plan?

David Pollino
Security
Group of 3 employees look on as a male employee writes on a white board.

The string of recent data breaches reminds me of a best practice that many businesses fail to implement: An incident response plan.

Read More ›