Did you know that over 23.2 million people in America have the password “123456”?! If your password is common, then it is easy for hackers to guess.
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and I’m here to tell you what you can do to stay safe online.
#1. Do have different strong passwords on every account.
And please, stop using “123456”! Instead, generate extremely complex passwords with Dashlane. This password generator tool automatically generates a password based on guidelines to fit different sites’ unique password requirements.
#2. Do use a Password Manager Tool.
You can use Google’s Password Manager Tool or the one I’m currently using, Dashlane. It’s convenient to store all the passwords automatically. However, be mindful of vulnerabilities. The more keys you store (ie: banking, email, social, etc), the more cautious you should be. Your Password Manager Tools open its vault to anyone who has the password to your operating system so make sure you lock your computer when you leave it.
#3. Do encrypt your hard drive.
This tip is advanced but a good option to consider. You can encrypt your hard drive so that even if someone has access to your computer, they can’t see your passwords.