Everyday Security Tip #1 - Password Management

Choose a password that’s difficult to guess (and remember).

Generally speaking, a password that you can barely remember is a secure password. If you can easily remember it, there is a much higher chance that someone, or something, can guess it. Consider using a short phrase for a password (including capital letters) with special characters (“%”, “/“, “\”, “$”…) both surrounding it and scattered within it. If using a shorter password, steer clear from real words; instead, opt for a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. The longer the password, the more difficult it is to guess.

Avoid communicating passwords over phone or e-mail.

Whether it’s a phone call or an e-mail, someone else can be listening or reading.

Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).

Two-factor authentication (sometimes referred to as 2FA) requires extra authentication before allowing you access. Most of the popular applications provide a form of 2FA, whether it’s Facebook, Google, Dropbox, or Apple. This often involves either an e-mail or text message; a code is sent to you that you need to enter in order to log in.

Two-factor authentication is useful in that even if someone gets access to your password, they would still be unable to access your account.

Use different passwords for all of your accounts and devices.

We know this one is difficult, especially given the amounts of social media platforms and accounts one can have. When combined with a long, difficult to remember password, this becomes even more challenging. If you have trouble, consider using a password manager.

A password manager is an application that stores your passwords for various websites and applications. Depending on the product, it may store it locally (on your device) or in the cloud. They also usually allow for extra methods of convince, from automatically entering your password when you visit a website, to automatically logging you in. We commend coupling them with 2FA - without it, having the application automatically fill out your password is a security risk.

Below are some password managers that we feel offer enough features to make them worthwhile. There are many other tools, so make sure to do your research.

We are not affiliated with any of the applications.