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Have your devices go to sleep quicker

Password-protected PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones all have limit points at which they lock their screens, requiring re-entry of the passcode or PIN. The time frame for relocking is changeable, but the safest option is to force anyone attempting to log in to re-enter the device password immediately. That way, you don’t have to worry […]

Change your home router’s default password

People often neglect to change the default password that the manufacturer provides on their home router. Cybercriminals take advantage of this neglect and can gain access to your network. In turn, they may compromise data stored on other devices connected to your router. For steps to change your router’s password, see the respective manufacturer website.

Never use personal information in password hints

You may sometimes be asked to provide password hints on some of your accounts. These are small clues meant to jog your memory in case you forget your password. Generally, hints aren’t very safe to begin with and may be easily guessed, especially if you use personal information. Bad actors could connect the dots between […]

Make your passwords longer, rather than more complex

It’s long been thought that the more complicated a password, the harder it is to crack. Once upon a time, this was true — but not any longer. As decryption and other hacker techniques become more advanced, it’s also becoming easier to guess shorter passwords. By adding additional characters, you’re adding millions of additional possibilities […]

Change your master password to your password manager every now and then

Your password manager is essentially the storage locker for your passwords to anywhere. A password manager is usually locked using a master password. Ask yourself the last time you changed your password for your password manager. If you don’t remember, then it’s time to change it. You can usually change your password by going to […]

Change default passwords on home routers and devices

Many devices in your smart home, from your Wi-Fi router to a new baby monitor, may ship with a default username and password, such as “admin” for both credentials. You should change them as soon as possible to avert exposure to botnets designed to take over devices with easily guessed login credentials.