Your family photos, your savings account, and maybe even your dating life are all hidden behind one thing: a password. A combination of letters and numbers protects your personal information from the hands of hackers.
Last Thursday, we filled your social media feeds with articles, videos and Tweets, hoping to raise password awareness on World #PasswordDay. This year, we focused on the importance of multi-factor authentication (MFA). Why stop with simply updating your password, when you can protect your data with another layer of security?
To make our point, we brought out the big dogs and teamed up with a hard hitter. If anyone can convince you to take some time to rethink your password strategy, it’s none other than the actress known for taking no punches, Betty White.
Our mobile phones are at the center of our lives (and usually in the palm of our hands). They may just seem like means for checking email on the go or to text a friend, but do us a favor and think of all the information stored on your phone. That’s a scary thought, when you consider hacking and even theft of mobile devices.
Stop worrying, and start preventing. Here are our top three password tips:
- Lock it down twice. Multi-factor authentication requires more than username and password for entry. To gain access, MFA demands something you know, like a password, and something only you can provide, like a fingerprint or face scan. This information is specific to you, so only you can access the things meant for your eyes only.
- Strong and long. Passwords should be at least 8 characters long. Longer passwords take longer to crack, it’s that simple. A strong password uses a combination of numbers, upper and lowercase letters, and symbols. Avoid birthdays, family names, and repeated characters. More tips.
- Change of the seasons, change of the password. Passwords should be changed every three to six months. Using the same password for a long period of time gives hackers a better chance to crack the code. Set a reminder on your calendar to get creative and update all of your accounts with a new, secure password.
We can’t prevent data invasions from happening, but we can take steps to make gaining access to private information more difficult. Adding in additional security layers, especially on your mobile device, could be the key to keeping your private life private. So with all of the information thrown your way this World #PasswordDay, did you add a second layer of protection? Now is the time!
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