With the world becoming a more digital place, it has become increasingly difficult to remember passwords. It’s not too hard to understand why someone would want to use the same password for multiple accounts. After all, passwords can be cumbersome and time consuming, so it makes sense that people want to use the same one for everything. But what happens when someone hacks your account? You’ve now given them access to all of your other accounts with the same password. Not good. Here are some tips to help you make sure all of your passwords are unique.
1 ) Use a Password Manager
One way to manage your passwords is by using a password manager. This will allow you to create strong, unique passwords for each account while also keeping them safe and secure with encryption. A good password manager will only store the encrypted version of your password, so even if someone gets their hands on it they won’t be able to access your information because they’ll need the master key (your actual password) in order to decrypt it. There are many different options out there for free and paid versions, so find one that works best for you! Some popular ones include 1Password, LastPass and KeePass. Keep in mind that having a good password manager is only half the battle. You’ll still need to use strong passwords and change them regularly, but this will help you do it much more easily.
2) Disable Flash and Use Firefox as your default browser (or at least add an extension that blocks Flash)
Flash has long been a security hazard due to its frequent vulnerabilities, so it’s important that you get rid of it entirely (or disable it when possible). While most browsers have already begun phasing out support for Flash by default in favor of HTML5, there are some sites where you might still need to use it. If so, they can be set up in such a way that they’ll only run if you click to activate it.
For Firefox, you can use FlashBlock (which is built in) or NoScript for your whitelist. Be sure to always keep Flash up-to-date as well, because Adobe has a history of releasing security patches fairly quickly and then leaving said vulnerabilities open for months at a time.
3) Install an ad blocker
No one likes ads, but they can be even more dangerous than you’d think. Malicious ads have been known to infect users with malware by using drive-by downloads and other methods that bypass the normal security checks that browsers perform on downloaded files. It’s also possible for hackers to inject malicious code into legitimate ads that can steal your personal information or compromise your device in some way when you click on them.
Ad blockers can help you avoid these problems by blocking all ads by default, and letting you whitelist the sites that you trust. There are many ad blockers available for both desktop and mobile devices, including AdBlock Plus , uBlock Origin , 1Blocker , Crystal , and more.
4) Turn on 2-factor authentication
This is a relatively simple step that could seriously reduce your risk of being hacked. If your account has been compromised in the past, it’s possible that hackers still have access to your username and password even after they’ve been changed since they may have stored it locally or used some kind of keystroke logger to capture your credentials as you entered them into the login page for each site. To prevent this, enable 2-factor authentication on any site that supports it. Here’s a list of sites that offer it . If you use Google for email, calendars, contacts, or other services that rely on passwords then you should also enable Google’s Advanced Protection Program which protects your account using multiple layers of security. You will have to turn off 2-factor authentication if you ever want to log in from a new device and there are some things that just don’t work well with the technology (such as SMS message verification). But for most people who don’t fall into those categories, enabling 2-factor authentication is probably the best way to secure your digital life.
5) Use a password manager
Using unique passwords for each of your accounts is hard to do, but it’s the only way to keep your digital life secure. Your passwords should be long and complex – not just a combination of letters and numbers.
Password managers can help you generate and remember unique passwords for every service you have an account with. They will also make sure that your passwords are stored securely on their servers so hackers can’t find them if they get into the password manager’s database.
The most popular password managers are LastPass, 1Password, Dashlane, Keeper, PasswordBox and KeePass . I personally use 1Password because it has a great mobile app that allows me to access my passwords on my phone without having to type them in. The mobile app is also available for Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.
1Password is also available as a desktop program and can be used to store your passwords in Firefox. I am not sure if it works with any other browsers but you can check out their website to find out more: 1Password .
If you are interested in using 1Password in Firefox, here’s how to set it up:
First of all, download the 1Password extension from the Firefox Add-ons page here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1password/?src=search . You will need to install this before setting up your account. The extension will only work with the free version of 1Password so
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