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Hassle-Free Password Management: Best Practices and Tips

Did you know. . . 81% of data breaches are caused by compromised, weak, and reused passwords?

Among the varied means and techniques used by the attackers to access passwords, there are:

  • The guessing method
  • Capture while browsing the network
  • Direct access to folders where credentials are stored
  • Social engineering techniques
  • Observation via keyboard movements or mouse clicks on virtual keyboards

Here’s what you must do to prevent this:

1. Avoid generic errors and create strong passwords

  • Avoid using information that is connected to yourself (first name, commemorative dates, and personal tastes) and words or expressions that can be found in dictionaries
  • Do not share passwords with third parties nor send e-mails that include this type of information
  • Avoid entering a password when someone is watching, even if they are not near your devices
  • Create robust passwords, according to the security policy, use a high number of characters where you can mix uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters
2. Minimize the likelihood of credential theft
  • Use multi-factor authentication via SMS or authentication app, whenever possible
  • Avoid reusing or using variations of the same password
  • Do not save passwords in authentication forms that belong to Internet browsers
  • Create passwords and security questions that are different for every website, service, or account
  • Use fictional information for questions concerning password reset
  • Keep your passwords and devices up to date and have your antivirus enabled

3. Solve password saving and management problems

  • Use password managers to generate random, extensive, and complex passwords, and then save them in a secure way