Passwords can sometimes be hard to remember, especially when you have multiple different passwords, so writing them down and storing them in your household sounds like a safe and secure location. However, it isn’t; in fact, it’s just as easy for someone to get your password online as it is just walking into your house and grabbing the paper. How is that possible? Keyloggers and phishing sites. It’s highly recommended to keep all of your password information safe, even by storing them on your computer.
Keyloggers and phishing sites allow hackers the ability to grab your password without you ever knowing who has taken it. A keylogger is a program that hides in your computer and sends to the hacker every button you press. This means that if you type your password into a site online, they are given each button pressed, and therefore getting your password. Another is phishing sites. Typing a website’s name wrong, or clicking a look-alike site (for example, “mail.yaho.com” instead of “mail.yahoo.com”). These sites typically look identical to the actual sites, but aren’t. As you try to log into your email and input your email/password, you’ll be redirected to look exactly as if you’ve logged in. But they have your password now. Double-check URLs and websites before visiting and make sure they are correct.
Changing passwords frequently and setting monthly reminders to update your password is a great way to prevent account theft. The change of a password will usually boot everyone, except the computer with the new password, out of the email so they no longer have access. There are still holes in this type of security, again with keyloggers, that just give them the new password.
The most stable and secure option for storing passwords is to download a password manager, such as LastPass, which can save passwords and security information on your computer without allowing access from outside connections. This can allow you to automatically sign into websites, automatically fill out information (like your credit card), or any other types of required information. This means your computer isn’t storing saved passwords on the web browser, you don’t have to type out your passwords on each site, and you can still log in without issues remembering passwords.
Lastly, make sure that your password is of a great length and includes numbers. Doing so, there are many more combinations and those who know you will never even guess correctly. For example, instead of using “myPassword” (which is so easy to gain access to), try “myyP4ssw0rd37”. Who’s going to guess that?
Password security should be a top-priority, especially in businesses and companies, and everyone should take just a few minutes to make sure they are safe from account theft.