Password Protection Tips for the Security-Conscious User


These days there’s really not much to password protection, and it’s becoming easier for users to keep their data secure thanks to smart password management systems and Two-Factor Authentication. If you’re a person who despises the idea of creating a million passwords and having to remember all of them, and are frustrated by all the digital red tape, then you’ll enjoy these two simple and effective password protection tips!

Install a Password Management System
Password management systems like Bitwarden and Keeper, are fast becoming standard practice in the working world. These systems do all of the hard work for you and ensure you never have to remember another password in your life! Once you’ve installed and set up these programs on your pc or phone, they will require you to enter a Master Password (this is the only password you need to remember) which gives you access to passwords for all your different accounts.

Each time you log in to an account, your password management system will generate a new password for you that’s near impossible to crack – you simply have to click on the account you require a password for and it will autofill the new password for you. The only thing you must ensure is that when that little prompt pops up asking if you want your browser to remember the password for you, you should always click no. Saving the generated password will defeat the point of having a password management system in the first place!

Not convinced a system like this is for you yet? Consider the following benefits before you make up your mind:

You don’t have to think of a super long password with a ridiculous combination of characters, letters, and numbers.
You never have to remember which notebook you jotted down your password in.
You can instantly access your account without having to type in your username and password.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication (TFA)
If you’d like to add another layer of security to your password protection process, we recommend using Two-Factor Authentication. Two- Factor Authentication is really just a process that confirms that you are who you say you are by requiring you to enter personal information. For example, a pin or verification code will be sent to your phone, which you’ll need to enter in upon login. Having TFA means that it’s harder for a hacker to get into your account by simply cracking your password, they will also need to find a way to gain access to your mobile device for example. There are many different ways you can authenticate your login attempt – be it through fingerprint, location, or a one-time pin. Whichever TFA method you use, setting up this password protection measure is never a bad idea!

If your personal or work data has been breached before, then you’ll already know the importance of password protection, but if it hasn’t, don’t think you’re excluded from the threat of data ransom or security breaches. Your lack of password protection could lead to major embarrassment, as well as reputation damage for you and your company – not to mention severe financial losses! With this in mind, you’ll never regret putting in the time to implement these password protection tips.

If you encounter any issues while applying these tips, then we are more than happy to help. Please call us for assistance on 031 001 0759 or 086 112 5683.

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