Cyber Security Tip of the Day: Password Management

Password Management tips by Marie Allred

Okay, look. I know your dirty little secret. You use the same password for every website, don’t you? I knew it! I know I do, because who wants to write down every single fundamentally different password for every website ever and then have to find where you wrote it to punch it in every time? Let alone come up with that many different passwords?

Unfortunately, having the same password or even not the same but similar passwords for every site you use is a huge cyber security no-no. If a hacker gets your account password for one site then he has your account password for every site and can do a lot more damage. Especially because hackers can pretty easily target accounts for websites that are not as secure as say, the Wells Fargo or Chase website is. That would be things like social media accounts, random internet forums or places like H-E-B, Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond and the list goes on. I mean it’s not like their specialty is cybersecurity, but needless to say, they are easy for a hacker to hijack.

Because it’s so difficult to keep a million different passwords straight the security tip of the day is to use a password manager. Not only do you only need one master password to login to that password manager (a place like 1Password or LastPass) but you can save your trusted logins for each site you regularly use and have your password manager automatically retrieve your randomized and difficult-to-hack password from your password vault and use it to log in. It can be a bit of a pain to get going but once you do you’ll have taken a huge step forward in protecting your information and data. Now go forth and be cyber-secure!

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