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    Online Security and How to Carefully Store Your Passwords

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    This digital world introduced many things. One of which is setting up accounts. Too many accounts, applications, and websites are out there. It is necessary that you will have to make an account for every application or website you visit. In line with setting up accounts is creating passwords.

    This situation is where online security comes into action. It will be alright if you are not into technology or tech-savvy. But when you are one, it is safe to say that you visit almost all websites out there, which means you have created accounts for every one of them.

    So what do you do? Do you make different passwords patterns and write them all down? Or maybe, you have this one password for every account you have?  Chances are you do the latter, right?

    However, both of these options are not advisable. “Security experts strongly warn against these options as they leave you vulnerable to online theft”.

    If this is the case, what should you do? Here are ways on how you can safely store your passwords and have secured ones.

    Using Your Web Browsers

    The good thing about browsers like Google, Firefox, and Internet Explorer is that they have this feature where you can choose to save your login data. So every time you log in, your details are already there, and all you have to do is to click “Enter” or “Sign In”.

    And by syncing your computer with your phones or tablets, these login details are carried over to your gadgets. Great, right?

    However, when you use this feature, make sure to use a PIN or lock for your gadgets. It is possible that somebody will get or steal your phone. And when they do, you do not want them snooping around your accounts.

    Via Password Managers

    There are various password managers available online. However, it is a matter of choosing which one is the best. In determining which password manager to use, consider the price. Yes, you have to pay for them. There are also free ones, but will you put your trust into them?

    Then, look for other people’s reviews about these password managers. The best way to determine if something is legit is to see people’s reactions to them. There are already lots of websites which offer different reviews about mostly anything, so you might as well check them out when picking a password manager site or application.

    Encrypting Your Passwords

    Another way for you to safely keep your password is by encrypting them. Encryption is the “process of encoding a message, and that process can take many forms”.

    According to Microsoft, encryption is the “name given to the process of applying an algorithm to a message, which scrambles the data in it—making it very difficult and time-consuming, if not practically impossible, to deduce the original given only the encoded data.”

    Encryption may involve simple or complex forms. What form you choose depends on you. As long as it serves the purpose of helping you keep your passwords secure, then all is well.

    For encryption to serve its purpose, you should use encryption schemes. Encryption schemes refer to patterns you can use to hide your passwords. And it is best if you come up with your original encryption schemes. That way, only you will be able to decode the encrypted message.

    The Two-Step Verification

    If you still haven’t tried the two-step verification, then it is time you should. If you are not into encrypting passwords or using password managers, then you should try this type of verification.

    Two-step verification is a “process that involves two authentication methods performed one after the other to verify that someone or something requesting access is who or what they are declared to be”.

    When you use the two-step verification, you will need a password and a PIN. You will not be able to open your account if you cannot provide these two things. So even if somebody knows your password, but they do not have your PIN, then they will not be able to access your account. Your account will not also be opened if it is only the PIN that is provided.

    Using Long Passwords

    Most of the time, account setting requires a password. And in some cases, websites need a maximum length of passwords. However, for website owners, it is recommended that they “do not limit the character set.”

    Having a long password for every account you have is a rather tedious task. But if you want your accounts to be more secure and free or safe from cybercrimes and cyber bullies, you might as well try this option.

    Long passwords for credit card and bank account login details are entirely fine.

    Do Not Use Your Pet’s Name

    When creating an account and a password is required, usually, you will use your pet’s name as the password. But this is not recommended, at all.

    Hackers or online thieves cannot immediately guess your pet's name, spouse's birthday, or anything about you. However, these things are too common. Today, hackers are very resourceful and intelligent.

    In a matter of minutes or even seconds, they can make guesses about your passwords. They don’t have to know anything about you.

    Combining Letters, Numbers, and Special Characters

    If encrypting passwords is too much for you, then it is suggested that you combine letters, numbers, and special characters as your password. But the problem here is that you will have to write the passwords in a notebook or on your computer, and this practice is not also good.

    So, you can either use free or paid password managers online or use your browsers to save these passwords. It is still up to you.

    Conclusion

    In this world of technology, anything is possible. It has only been a few decades since computers and the Internet existed. Along with the advancement of technology is the upgrading of cyber criminals.

    So to avoid being a victim of cybercrimes and online breaches, it is your responsibility to take care of your accounts. And you can start by having secured passwords and having them stored safely.

     

    References:

    http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/the-5-best-ways-to-store-passwords-safely-1782047318

    http://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/10-free-ways-to-track-all-your-passwords.html

    https://lifehacker.com/5856506/how-to-create-a-personal-information-encryption-scheme-to-easily-hide-your-data-in-plain-sight

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa480359.aspx?ranMID=24542&ranEAID=TnL5HPStwNw&ranSiteID=TnL5HPStwNw-8xhFyZ04sXAhgHbrNGGfYw&tduid=(5d67e8af6e33858df9c00e034c8d43de)(256380)(2459594)(TnL5HPStwNw-8xhFyZ04sXAhgHbrNGGfYw)()

    http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/two-step-verification

    https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Password_Storage_Cheat_Sheet

     

Online Security and How to Carefully Store Your Passwords

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This digital world introduced many things. One of which is setting up accounts. Too many accounts, applications, and websites are out there. It is necessary that you will have to make an account for every application or website you visit. In line with setting up accounts is creating passwords.

This situation is where online security comes into action. It will be alright if you are not into technology or tech-savvy. But when you are one, it is safe to say that you visit almost all websites out there, which means you have created accounts for every one of them.

So what do you do? Do you make different passwords patterns and write them all down? Or maybe, you have this one password for every account you have?  Chances are you do the latter, right?

However, both of these options are not advisable. “Security experts strongly warn against these options as they leave you vulnerable to online theft”.

If this is the case, what should you do? Here are ways on how you can safely store your passwords and have secured ones.

Using Your Web Browsers

The good thing about browsers like Google, Firefox, and Internet Explorer is that they have this feature where you can choose to save your login data. So every time you log in, your details are already there, and all you have to do is to click “Enter” or “Sign In”.

And by syncing your computer with your phones or tablets, these login details are carried over to your gadgets. Great, right?

However, when you use this feature, make sure to use a PIN or lock for your gadgets. It is possible that somebody will get or steal your phone. And when they do, you do not want them snooping around your accounts.

Via Password Managers

There are various password managers available online. However, it is a matter of choosing which one is the best. In determining which password manager to use, consider the price. Yes, you have to pay for them. There are also free ones, but will you put your trust into them?

Then, look for other people’s reviews about these password managers. The best way to determine if something is legit is to see people’s reactions to them. There are already lots of websites which offer different reviews about mostly anything, so you might as well check them out when picking a password manager site or application.

Encrypting Your Passwords

Another way for you to safely keep your password is by encrypting them. Encryption is the “process of encoding a message, and that process can take many forms”.

According to Microsoft, encryption is the “name given to the process of applying an algorithm to a message, which scrambles the data in it—making it very difficult and time-consuming, if not practically impossible, to deduce the original given only the encoded data.”

Encryption may involve simple or complex forms. What form you choose depends on you. As long as it serves the purpose of helping you keep your passwords secure, then all is well.

For encryption to serve its purpose, you should use encryption schemes. Encryption schemes refer to patterns you can use to hide your passwords. And it is best if you come up with your original encryption schemes. That way, only you will be able to decode the encrypted message.

The Two-Step Verification

If you still haven’t tried the two-step verification, then it is time you should. If you are not into encrypting passwords or using password managers, then you should try this type of verification.

Two-step verification is a “process that involves two authentication methods performed one after the other to verify that someone or something requesting access is who or what they are declared to be”.

When you use the two-step verification, you will need a password and a PIN. You will not be able to open your account if you cannot provide these two things. So even if somebody knows your password, but they do not have your PIN, then they will not be able to access your account. Your account will not also be opened if it is only the PIN that is provided.

Using Long Passwords

Most of the time, account setting requires a password. And in some cases, websites need a maximum length of passwords. However, for website owners, it is recommended that they “do not limit the character set.”

Having a long password for every account you have is a rather tedious task. But if you want your accounts to be more secure and free or safe from cybercrimes and cyber bullies, you might as well try this option.

Long passwords for credit card and bank account login details are entirely fine.

Do Not Use Your Pet’s Name

When creating an account and a password is required, usually, you will use your pet’s name as the password. But this is not recommended, at all.

Hackers or online thieves cannot immediately guess your pet's name, spouse's birthday, or anything about you. However, these things are too common. Today, hackers are very resourceful and intelligent.

In a matter of minutes or even seconds, they can make guesses about your passwords. They don’t have to know anything about you.

Combining Letters, Numbers, and Special Characters

If encrypting passwords is too much for you, then it is suggested that you combine letters, numbers, and special characters as your password. But the problem here is that you will have to write the passwords in a notebook or on your computer, and this practice is not also good.

So, you can either use free or paid password managers online or use your browsers to save these passwords. It is still up to you.

Conclusion

In this world of technology, anything is possible. It has only been a few decades since computers and the Internet existed. Along with the advancement of technology is the upgrading of cyber criminals.

So to avoid being a victim of cybercrimes and online breaches, it is your responsibility to take care of your accounts. And you can start by having secured passwords and having them stored safely.

 

References:

http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/the-5-best-ways-to-store-passwords-safely-1782047318

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/10-free-ways-to-track-all-your-passwords.html

https://lifehacker.com/5856506/how-to-create-a-personal-information-encryption-scheme-to-easily-hide-your-data-in-plain-sight

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa480359.aspx?ranMID=24542&ranEAID=TnL5HPStwNw&ranSiteID=TnL5HPStwNw-8xhFyZ04sXAhgHbrNGGfYw&tduid=(5d67e8af6e33858df9c00e034c8d43de)(256380)(2459594)(TnL5HPStwNw-8xhFyZ04sXAhgHbrNGGfYw)()

http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/two-step-verification

https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Password_Storage_Cheat_Sheet

 

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