Most people don’t realize how vulnerable their email accounts are to cyber threats, which can lead to a staggering number of problems. Some of our most sensitive information is stored in our email account; imagine what an impostor would find if they got ahold of your password, not to mention all of the spam you could end up with. That would certainly be counterproductive to Inbox Zero. Today we will show you the proper steps to padlock your security.
Coming up with an unhackable password that you can actually remember is easier than you think. To start, think of a phrase (like a refrain from a song or a sentence you remember by heart) and make the first letters of every word your password.
For example, if you’re a big Michael Jackson fan, then “Billy Jean is not my lover, she’s just a girl who claims that I am the one” can become bjinmlsjagwctiat1, a 17-character password that’s near impossible to guess but easy to remember. Note, however, that it’s critical that you never use the same password for multiple services. This way, if one of them is compromised, others are safe!
Real techies use 1Password or LastPass . These services randomly generate and securely store unique passwords for each of your logins. Since this info is stored locally, the passwords are nearly impossible for hackers to access. And if you use multiple devices, would work across devices.
P.S. We also recommend that you enable two-factor authentication on apps and sites with sensitive information. For a comprehensive list, click here: https://twofactorauth.org
Set up two-factor authentication for your important apps if you have not already.
Look into 1Password or LastPass to see which password manager is right for you.
Change duplicate passwords that you use on multiple sites, particularly if those sites contain sensitive personal or financial information.
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