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Use password management automation

While it is totally possible to produce your own strong passwords – ones based on phrases for instance – it often may be more trouble than it’s worth. Many password managers, including ones built into OSes like Apple iOS, can take care of password generation, storage, organization and retrieval for you.

Make passwords longer, not more complicated

Studies have shown that overly complicated passwords — i.e., complex combinations of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters — are forgotten and require changing frequently. Instead, combine familiar words to create a longer password. Hacking software usually works by systematically figuring out each character of a password one-by-one, so the more characters you […]

Switch up your passwords

Various services will permit you to keep the identical password for years. That may be unsafe, since data breaches might expose your credentials that you use across many sites. Try making strong passwords using a password generator, and change them periodically, every six months or so, to be sure you’re not using anything that’s already […]

Try using nonsensical phrases for passwords

Around are many established ways to make your passwords stronger, including the use of password managers to automatically create and store all your logins. As an alternative, you can try using your own terms by thinking of nonsensical phrases – e.g., “the Seahorse and the Plumber were preparing four pancakes!” and abbreviate it into a […]

Keep your passwords under lock and key

In addition to password management tools, USB security keys are also effective at protecting your passwords. Google’s Titan Security Key, for example, creates a multi-factor authentication login for every site you visit. These can prevent phishing scams and other security risks by squeezing in another layer of safety between you and malicious actors.

Tightly monitor your password recovery email account

It’s common to forget a password, you’ll usually reset it by having a link sent to an on-file email address. It’s important that account is secured with multi-factor authentication, allows for global sign-out just in case someone else accesses it and doesn’t have any unusual forwarding filters set up.