We live in a scary online world where Password Management can be a “Haunting Experience”. Even scarier is the fact that we all tend to reuse the same passwords across different websites.
Passwords and management of passwords are a big pain – no two ways around it.
One website requires a symbol, another requires 14 characters and your bank requires 10 characters, four PIN numbers, and the answer to a secret question. And due to password exhaustion, it becomes easy to just use the same three or four passwords for everything – after all, that’s more secure than one password for everything, right?!
Here’s the problem with that strategy. Let’s assume that you have a Gmail account, an Amazon account and some accounts at big-box retail stores. You use the same password on all of the sites, and you use it for the account you set up on the great website you found to order gift cards as client gifts – at 10% less than their value.
Don’t let an old password come back to haunt you!
Then, the gift-card website gets hacked or falls victim to an attack. Not only do the crooks get your credit-card information, but they also get the list of all of the website’s users and those users’ passwords. They publish the list freely out on the Internet or they sell it on the Dark Web, where other hackers are lurking in wait for credentials to exploit. And since you used the same password on Amazon, Gmail, and other websites, all of these accounts are now in the hands of anyone capable of a Google search. That’s why it’s important to have different passwords for EACH website and application.
So what can you do?
In keeping with our Halloween theme, here’s some Spooktacular advice to help you safeguard your online experience and password management:
- Use a Password Manager App, like Dashlane, to help you generate a secure and unique password for every site.
- Check out our Blog article, Use strong passwords, for more information & tips on the importance of using strong passwords, multiple layers of password protection, and maintaining good security hygiene on the overall.
- Listen to our PodCast: Cybersecurity Awareness – Phishing & Social Engineering.
- Take advantage of our Free Dark Web Scan to see if your Business Credentials are listed on the Dark Web.
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Roy Richardson is a co-founder, Managing Partner, and CTO of Aurora InfoTech LLC, a leading Cybersecurity & IT consulting firm in Orlando, Florida. He is also a co-author of "Hack Proof Your Business", a cybersecurity guide for business owners & executive leadership.
Roy has 20+ years of executive management & engineering experience in the Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Telecommunication industries. The vast experience he gained over the course of his career has given him a unique perspective that allows him to relate to a broad spectrum of business & technology challenges.