Articles in Category: Passwords
With occasional security breaches at service providers and rampant email account theft, password security has never been more important. Make sure you choose and use secure passwords.
Hacking into someone’s account is often seen as an answer to some problem. In reality, all it does is open a much larger can of worms and put you at more risk.
For years, the standard practice has been to assume that eight-character passwords made up of sufficiently random characters was enough. Not any more. Not even close.
Using different passwords on different sites is not only good practice; it’s necessary to keep your accounts safe. I’ll review why, and how best to handle a plethora of passwords.
Changing passwords periodically is conventional wisdom. I disagree, and then discuss whether periodic password change can even happen reliably.
Password management utilities are great tools to manage your passwords and be more secure about how you use them.
Using a different password for every login is an important part of overall security — and it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Headlines are proclaiming that two-factor authentication has been hacked. That in no way means you shouldn’t use it. Your account is still much safer with two-factor enabled.
Detecting and filling in sign-in forms is a password vault’s most basic feature. I’ll look at how that works, and what to do when it fails.
Security questions are a cornerstone of much internet security. I’ll look at what they are, how they fail, why you should avoid them, and what to do if you can’t.
The results are in for last year’s most common passwords. The implications are depressing, but important.
Two-factor authentication is a great way to keep your accounts secure from hackers – even those who manage to get your password.
Trying to recover the existing password for an online account is usually an exercise in frustration. There’s one possible straw to grasp at.
Password are here to stay, at least for a while longer. Until they die, here’s quick review of how to make sure yours are as secure as possible.
Changing your password is a common response to account hacks. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough.
If you discover that your email address is part of a breach, you probably do not need to change it. But there are steps to take to protect yourself.
Password Checkup is a browser extension that tells you if the password you’re using has been discovered by hackers.
Password vaults are good at keeping track of passwords, but not answers to security questions. There is a technique you can use to help.
Losing access to your password vault can be a major inconvenience. Fortunately, that’s all it needs to be, and there are ways to prevent even that.
Effective website security is difficult, and often an afterthought. Not all sites or services store passwords securely.
It’s important to back up LastPass, because unexpected things happen. What you do with that backup, however, is critical.
Your LastPass password vault is full of exceptionally important data. Add additional security with two-factor authentication.
Password-strength meters don’t always agree. My take is to avoid them completely.
So many sites require a password, it’s very tempting to use only a single password everywhere. That’s dangerous, and there are alternatives.
News broke over the weekend regarding a potential phishing vulnerability that could lead you to give a hacker your Lastpass master password.
It’s not something we do often, but occasionally it’s important to be able to change your LastPass master password.
Two-factor authentication is an important tool to keep accounts secure. You must also prepare for losing the second factor or you could lose your account.
Web browsers aren’t necessarily the most secure approach to saving your login passwords. I’ll show you how to disable the feature and clear out any previously remembered passwords in IE, Firefox and Chrome.
Letting your web browser save your passwords for you seems like a helpful convenience, particularly when common advice is to use different passwords everywhere. That convenience does come with risks.
It’s for your own protection, and actually the result of fascinating mathematical wizardry. And if they can tell you your password? They’re doing security wrong.
Long passwords are your top-line of defense in internet security. Don’t let any trends steer you in the other direction.
Common wisdom is that you should change passwords periodically; so should you change user names too? My take: common wisdom is wrong from the start.
Many online services request that you provide additional information such as your phone number. I’ll look at how that’s typically used and why it’s a good thing.
The problem is that we don’t know what approach hackers are using to break your password. So, to be safe, the best password is both long and complex.
Some devices, sites and software use passwords that are limited to 8 characters. Today that’s often insufficient, but I’ll look at what steps you can take to increase security.
Windows includes a little-known and little-used feature that allows you to reset your Windows password if you’ve lost or forgotten it. There’s only one catch: you need to prepare.
One of the problems with current online safety advice is keeping track of multiple different secure passwords. LastPass not only does that, but does it across multiple devices and very securely.
Good passwords are hard to crack and hard to remember. As a result, many people don’t use really good passwords, even though they should. We’ll look at what makes a good password, and some ways to make them easier to remember.