By now, in 2021, you’ve most likely experienced at least one breach of an account password whether you know it or not.
Perhaps the fallout didn’t prove devastating, but could there be a time bomb lurking in that stolen password that could cause significant harm?
The answer lies in our use of a small number of passwords for a large number of login credentials. From online shopping and banking to social media to personal accounts like the local library, we use the same passwords over and over and over again.
Thus, while we often think to change the password on the breached account, we don’t often think about changing it on every single account that uses that password as well, and we certainly don’t think to change all of our passwords on a regular basis.
To do so would require spending hours to determine which other user accounts we use that password on and hours more to change them all on a regular basis.
Cyber criminals knows this and take full advantage of our password fatigue to try to break into more sensitive accounts once they steal a password themselves or purchase a breached password.
To corral the password monster, you should use a password manager. A password manager at a minimum should encrypt your passwords, generate complex passwords, warn you if a password isn’t complex enough, and be set to require passwords to change regularly.
Other Password Manager Considerations:
- Automatic Logins
- Web Browser Extension to manage web site credentials
- Security Audit that scores your overall password strength
- Alerts for weak and re-used passwords
- A Dark Web data breach monitor to alert you when credentials have been caught up in a data breach
- Secure storage of identity and payment information for online forms
- Temporary Clipboard storage of copied passwords
If you suffer from password fatigue, contact us at FlexITechs to learn more about our password manager, which meets all of the above features.
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