Once in a while, there gonna be someone claiming their digital account has been hack. Most of the time it will be either Facebook or Twitter. 2 most popular social media platform. And to make it more worse, the two most commonly used password is “123456” and “password“. Some system admin even use “password” as the default for their users.
Forget about Phishing, Key logger, Cookie Scanner or Virus. I don’t think hacker even need to use their tools anymore, since most people just use the common password.
2 Step Verification
The best way to protect your digital life is by enabling 2 Step Verification. Most websites already deploy 2 Step Verification to help protect their user accounts. Here are some of the websites that use 2 Step Verification.
Create a strong password
For websites that don’t have 2 Step Verification. It is advisable to use at least an “Alphanumeric” password. For better protection, it’s recommended to use a combination of numbers, uppercase, lowercase and symbols.
The main problem with password. People tend to recycle it everywhere. They will use the same password for every accounts they have. So when one account being compromised. All other account have the potential to compromised. But it is also a fact that people can’t remember all the passwords. Even I can’t remember all my passwords.
In the 90s’, some people write all their passwords inside a mini notebook. Today, there still some people doing that but for most of us there is a solution named “Password Manager“.
There are two type of password manager, offline and online. Offline like its name save all data locally which suits paranoid people who scare the government will get their data. Other opt for online for mobility.
Is it safe?
Well, most password manager use 256-Bit AES encryption. The only key to open the encryption file is by using the “Master Password“. The only one password you need to remember.
Update password regularly
Despite all the method above to secure your accounts. It’s still recommended to update your passwords every 6 months. A good password is always a unique password.