Password security has never been more important. With occasional security breaches at service providers and rampant email account theft, make sure you’re choosing and using secure passwords.
Here are the steps you need to take to prevent losing your account – forever – to a hacker.
Using different passwords on different sites is not only good practice – it’s actually 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 question it and then discuss whether a periodic password change can even happen reliably.
It’s not necessarily obvious where Google/Gmail hides the “Change Password” functionality. I’ll walk you through it.
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.
Using a different password for every login is an important part of overall security and doesn’t have to be difficult.
Heartbleed: what it is, what it isn’t, why it’s important, and of course what you need to do.
Remember, the goal is to keep malware off your computer, not to try and manage it once it’s watching you. But there is another security hazard you may not be thinking about.
As 2013 draws to a close, I review which articles on Ask Leo! were the most popular and briefly discuss what trends that I feel they reveal.
Long passwords are your top-line of defense in internet security. Don’t let any trends steer you in the other direction.
Macrium will run just fine as long as your computer is still turned on. Other automatic programs may have trouble, depending on their configuration.
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.
One of the problems with current online safety advice is keeping tack of multiple different secure passwords. LastPass not only does that, but does it across multiple devices and very securely.