Balancing security with convenience is the main issue with passwords. The most appropriate option is to use the same password across all your websites and easily remember that password by choosing a simple word, as simple as something like your pets name or your date of birth. This is also the least secure option. More websites these days require you to create passwords that are at least eight characters long and include at least one capital letter and one number. This is good practice with any site. Here’s more frequently offered and frequently ignored password advice:
- Use symbols as well as upper and lowercase letters and numbers, as many character types as possible must be included in the password the more difficult it will be to crack.
- Don’t use as passwords your birth date, the name of a relative, or a dictionary word.
- Use longer rather than shorter passwords. Eight characters should be the minimum.
- Use a “passphrase” instead of a password. A short sentence can be easy to remember, not too difficult to type, and very difficult to crack.
- Do not use the same password on multiple websites. If a hacker detects your password, it can detect the password on multiple websites.
- Use dual-factor authentication whenever available to you, especially in sensitive places such as finance.
- Hackers have public information available on the web, so questions that cannot be easily guessed should be selected. With some of the recent celebrity cases, it’s believed that this is how hackers gained access to their victims’ accounts.
- Hide your passwords or use a management service
The recent rapid development of the Internet, and even AI (Artificial Intelligence) and its ability to offer different types of services have made it the fastest growing technology, with huge impact on social life and business environments. The internet has gradually explored all aspects of modern people’s lives, such as education, healthcare and business, including the storage of sensitive information about individuals and companies, financial information transactions, product development and marketing. The huge absorption of connected devices on the Internet has created a huge demand for solid security in response to the growing demand of millions of connected numbers. The number of threats is increasing daily, and the attacks are increasing in both number and complexity.
Not only is the number of potential attackers along with the size of networks growing, but the tools available to potential attackers are also becoming more efficient and effective. Therefore, for the internet to achieve fullest potential, it needs protection against threats and vulnerabilities. Security is a process to protect an object against physical damage, unauthorized access, theft, or loss, by maintaining high confidentiality and integrity of information about the object and making information about that object available whenever needed. There is nothing as the secure state of any object, tangible or not, because no such object can ever be in a perfectly secure state and still be useful. Security requirements in the internet environment are not different from any other systems. Therefore, ensuring security requires maintaining the highest intrinsic value of both tangible objects (devices) and intangible ones (services, information and data). The process of identifying threats to systems and system vulnerabilities is necessary for specifying a complete set of security requirements and also helps determine if the security solution is secure against malicious attacks
Using a password manager is a suggestion to reduce text password problems. Users are usually required to remember only the master passwords. More benefits from using Password Managers, like Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault, is that it provides a variety of different features like Dark Web Protection, Secured Cloud Vault, Encrypted Chat Services which are great for you business; for more information about the tool, visit this link. They store and send appropriate passwords on behalf of users to websites where user accounts are located. The latter is generated by the manager himself and is stronger than the user-selected password. However, password manager implementations introduce their own usability issues that can exacerbate security issues, and their centralized architecture introduces a unique bug and attractive goal: adding parent password success allows you to control all managed user accounts.
By resorting to insecure strategies, users of text passwords, which can be fun and different, such as reusing words across accounts to make it easier to remember, cannot reduce security by simply strengthening, in isolation, the basic technical security of the system. Usability issues often significantly impact its real-world security. User interface design decisions may unintentionally sway user behavior towards less secure options. Successful authentication solutions must thus also include improved usability design based on appropriate research taking into account the abilities and limitations of the target users. In graphical passwords, human memory for visual information is leveraged in hope of a reduced memory burden that will facilitate the selection and use of more secure or less predictable passwords, dissuading users from unsafe coping practices.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Security – TechSpective authored by Matt Davidson. Read the original post at: https://techspective.net/2020/01/29/protect-your-passwords-upgrade-your-cybersecurity/