Passwords are a free, easy and effective way to prevent unauthorised people from accessing your devices and data. We use passwords to secure virtually everything digital of importance to us: mobile phones, tablets, cloud storage, music, banking, email, company documents, social media, etc. There is a lot of guidance around how to create a secure password. You can even refer to our own blog post and download the accompanying poster.
Using a Password Manager
We’re advised to use a unique password for every single account. This is a challenging task and the easiest approach is often to use a password manager. A password manager stores all your passwords securely in one place. Typically you’d download your password manager widget onto your browser. You’d then login with a strong master password (ideally with two or multi-factor authentication on top). When on a login page, the widget will autofill your username and password if you have previously stored the details. In this scenario, the only password you ever need to remember is your master password.
As a master password is the key to all your accounts you’ll want to keep it safe and secure. This means no writing it on a post-it note and sticking it to the monitor, or using a family password you might share with the kids. An easy way to remember what not to do to protect your passwords is to remember ‘passwords are like underwear’:
- Don’t leave them lying around
- Change them regularly
- Don’t share them with anyone
Of course, what you choose to do with your underwear is ultimately up to you, but these three rules for your passwords should be followed regardless.
So you don’t forget, we’ve designed a simple poster for you to print out and share around your workplace, staffroom or pin on a notice board. You can download the poster here.
Secure and safe passwords won’t protect you from every threat out there but it’s a great step to take. Talk to M-Tech for expert advice on password management and two-factor or multi-factor authentication.