Are you using password managers?

Password management is an important aspect of digital identity theft protection. It’s the front line of protection for user terminals and it is by far the most common user authentication method. The growing pressure by hackers against high value targets and the volumes of personal and other sensitive information being stolen highlights one of the basic questions of cybersecurity: How do you keep the bad guys out?

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It’s important to choose a strong password and protect it. There are many password-cracking programs readily available on the Internet. Passwords are the key to access many computer systems or applications. A strong password makes it reasonably difficult to guess the password in a short period of time either through human guessing or the use of automated password cracking programs.  In order to remember and keep track of all the passwords, a lot of people use the same one, two, or three passwords. What’s more, many people use passwords that have very poor password security — names, nicknames, dates of birth, maiden names, and other obvious and predictable information.

Before using my first password manager, I imagined I’d have to sit down for hours in front of a big spreadsheet, recounting every username and password for every website I frequent. Nobody would look forward to that kind of chore. Thankfully that’s not how it works. Password managers work to capture your existing username and password credentials the first time it sees you enter them on a website, and then it stores them in a secure password vault for recall next time. The idea is that the only password you’ll ever have to remember once you set up a password manager is the vault’s master password. As you go about your business online – for example, as you log in to your email account – the password manager will notice that you’ve typed in some credentials and will offer to save them in the password vault for you. Next time you login, the password manager will enter your credentials for you automatically, easy as that.

Data security is a process that evolves over time as new threats emerge and new countermeasures are developed. Identity management and access control are the front lines of security. The ability to accurately identify users and control what they do within your systems is what separates insiders from outsiders.

 

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