While reports of identity theft have fluctuated year to year, it continues to be a major concern citizens need to be …
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.