Security is a major concern for anyone storing sensitive information on the web. Here are some tips on making sure your password isn’t compromised.
Passwords are a necessary evil for modern communication and business. Just think of how many passwords you use over a month, for example. I’m guessing it’s quite a few. Midphase knows how important keeping information safe is to our clients – we’ve even gone as far as including two-factor authentication within all of our accounts to double your security. Below are a few tips to help you ensure that your sensitive information is kept away from the prying eyes of others:
- Only create passwords in private places as you can never be sure who is watching, over your shoulder or otherwise, when you create and enter passwords on the go.
- Whenever possible, only enter passwords when you are connected through a secured network. Checking your financial accounts in a local coffee shop isn’t a good idea, for example. Try to convert to a hotspot from your smartphone whenever you can, even if it’s just for the few seconds it takes to enter your information.
- Disable the ‘show password’ option on your mobile devices. It allows onlookers to see your information, and can also present a problem if you happen to lose your device.
- Use separate passwords for each account you have. When you duplicate passwords you risk someone accessing all of your information if they stumble across one of them.
- Always log off when leaving public machines, or any machine that is used by more than one individual. This may take some practice, but in the very least you can avoid pranks on your social media account from roommates or friends who use your machine.
- Keep your passwords to yourself. This includes close family members and friends. It may seem untrustworthy, but you are protecting them in the event that your information is hacked, and it would be a shame to wrongly accuse someone. Try to create separate logins for anything that is accessed by more than one person.
- Use two-factor authentication whenever possible. Enabling two-factor authentication depends on which website you are visiting, but each should offer a set of instructions to do so. This creates an extra security layer should your password be corrupted.
The most important part of keeping your information safe is realizing that your password is valuable to many people besides yourself. Many people figure that their information would not be interesting to anyone else, but in today’s technological world, this simply is not the case.
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