Recently, I’ve read about a string of high profile cases of account hacking. It made me really think about how much information I have online, and how some of my accounts are not as secure as they should be. Think about how much information you have online. If just one of your email accounts gets compromised, all your information is at risk. Your online banking accounts, your credit card info, your personal information about family members, and more are typically contained in your emails.
If you want to get serious about securing your accounts, you need to make sure you have a strong password and make sure you change it on a regular basis. One that contains upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation. Passphrases are even better because of their length. And the other thing is that you don’t need to reuse passwords between services. I know it’s a hassle, but you don’t want to deal with being locked out of your own accounts. So how do you deal with keeping up with these passwords?
Let me introduce you to two different password managers: LastPass and 1Password. Both of these applications generate secure passwords and organize your passwords so that you have access to them from your phone, mobile device, or computer. LastPass has a free version, or a premium version for $12 per year. 1Password has a one-time cost of $49, but it will work across all of your devices and sync through dropbox. I’ve been using 1Password for several years now with great results. The best way to show how they work is to share a few videos about each. Of course, you will need a very secure password to use for this. In my next post, I’ll share how you can make you Google Accounts more secure through two-step verification.