The FBI has a warning for anyone with valuable technology and important accounts.
We store a lot of personal information online and sometimes even a strong password is not enough to protect it.
The FBI has some important advice about passwords.
According to its website, “The first step to becoming safer online is a basic but vital one: change online passwords several times a year.”
“Use different passwords for each online account and make them unique but not easy to guess.”
It might seem like an obvious step, but it’s easy to forget when to change a password.
You can set reminders in a calendar and use a password manager to help.
A password manager is essentially a database that stores all your passwords and can be accessed at any time.
Since password managers generate strong and complex passwords, you don’t have to worry about creating a strong password yourself.
Good passwords generally contain many characters and a varied combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
You also don’t have to worry about remembering all your passwords.
There are many password manager apps out there, and NordPass is just one popular version.
Always do your own research before you entrust important information to an app.
Some devices and services also allow you to use built-in password managers.
Apple users can try iCloud Keychain, and Chrome and Safari have their own password managers.
The FBI also recommends setting up two-factor authentication.
It states: “Additional layers of cybersecurity, such as two-factor authentication (TFA), can provide even better protection for your data.”
“TFA is a technology that increases security by incorporating requirements beyond a password, such as a specific physical attribute, a dynamic PIN, or the location or time of a login attempt.”
“Many email service providers and social media platforms offer TFA as a free service – most require a strong password and provide a PIN that changes regularly.”