Blog 10 Password Security Tips for Stronger Password Security
Robert Siciliano September 24, 2013

10 Password Security Tips for Stronger Password Security

Password SecurityWith Apple recently rolling out its new “Touch ID” fingerprint biometric technology, will any one of us ever has to enter a password again? Probably NOT!

While biometrics is certainly an option for authentication and a fingerprint is the most likely method of password deployment, it will be a long time until (if ever) a fingerprint is the sole way in which we are identified.

I do, however, believe fingerprinting is a good thing, and with science and technology working together, someday we might perfect biometrics—and it will not be considered an invasion of one’s privacy, either.

In the meantime, follow these 10 password security tips to strengthen your password security:

1) Use different passwords for each of your accounts

You should create unique passwords for each of your accounts. Using the same ones gets you in trouble with others when one account is hacked.

2) Cover the keyboard

Use your other hand to cover the keys as you type and be sure no one watches you.

3) Log off

Log off when you leave your device, even if it’s just for a minute. Open accounts allow password resets.

4) Antivirus that thing

No matter your device’s age, use security software and keep it up to date to avoid malware.

5) Only use your devices

Never enter passwords on computers such as at internet cafés or library PCs, which may have malware.

6) Use a VPN Service

When entering passwords on unsecured WiFi connections at an airport or coffee shop, hackers can intercept your data. But by using a VPN (virtual private network) service, you eliminate that risk.

7) Don’t share passwords

Your buddy/mate may not be your buddy/mate forever.  People change. And they become vindictive sometimes.

8) Change your passwords regularly

Change your passwords semi-annually and avoid reusing passwords, especially for passwords to your banking or credit card websites.

9) Beef up your passwords.

Use at least 10 characters and use a combination of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, characters and symbols in your password.

10) Use a password manager

If you don’t want to keep track of all your passwords, use an online password manager. It can create and store passwords on all your devices and browsers.

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Robert Siciliano
About Robert Siciliano

Robert Siciliano is an Identity Theft expert consultant to Hotspot Shield. He is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen. See him discussing internet and wireless security on Good Morning America. FInd Robert Siciliano on Google+

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