Passwords are essential to our online security. Whether it’s email, social media, online banking, or other accounts, having strong passwords is a must. However, it can be difficult to keep track of which password belongs to which account, especially if you have many different accounts. Fortunately, there are tips to prevent forgetting passwords.
Tip 1: Use a password manager
A password manager is a program that helps you store all your passwords in one safe place. This means you don’t have to remember every password anymore, because the password manager remembers them for you. This reduces the chance of forgetting a password and also the chance of using the same password for multiple accounts.
Tip 2: Use long and complex passwords
Long and complex passwords are harder to guess and therefore more secure. A strong password contains at least 12 characters and contains letters (upper and lower case), numbers, and symbols. It is also recommended to use a unique password for each account.
Tip 3: Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication (also known as 2FA) adds an extra layer of security to your account. This means that in addition to your password, you must also enter a second factor to access your account, for example a code that will be sent to your phone. This makes it much more difficult for hackers to access your account, even if they have your password.
Tip 4: Change your passwords regularly
It is important to change your passwords regularly. This makes it more difficult for hackers to access your account, even if they crack your password. It is recommended that you change your passwords at least once a year. It can also help not to use the same username everywhere, so it is easier to remember the combinations.
Tip 5: Don’t use obvious passwords
Obvious passwords, such as “password” or “123456”, are very easy to crack. It is therefore important not to use obvious passwords. Instead, use a password that is not easy to guess and easy to remember.
Tip 6: Don’t write down your passwords
It can be tempting to write down your passwords, especially if you have a lot of them. But if someone gets access to your notes, they can easily access all of your accounts. It is therefore important not to write your passwords down and instead remember them or store them in a password manager.
Tip 7: Don’t use public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi networks are often not secure and can be used to steal information, such as passwords. If you need to enter your passwords while connected to a public Wi-Fi network, wait until you have a secure connection, such as at home or via your mobile network.
Tip 8: Be careful about sharing passwords
Do not share your passwords with others unless absolutely necessary. Sharing your passwords with others can lead to misuse or unauthorized access to your accounts. If you must share passwords, make sure the other person is trustworthy and use two-factor authentication.
Tip 9: Use stronger security for important accounts
If you have important accounts, such as your email or online banking, consider adding an extra layer of security. For example, by using biometric authentication, such as fingerprints or facial recognition, or by setting additional security questions.
Tip 10: Be careful with phishing emails
Phishing emails are fake emails designed to steal your passwords or other sensitive information. Therefore, be careful when opening emails from unknown senders or containing suspicious attachments or links. If you’re not sure if an email is legitimate, check with the sender before sharing sensitive information.