Having good password managements skills is the most important part of online security.
If you reuse any of your passwords you are at a huge risk for falling victim to a databreach.
As we talked about in the previous lessons, hackers compile databases of all the information that they gather. If they find a password in those data breaches, they will try those passwords on every account they think you might have.
And that means, if you reuse your passwords you will lose multiple accounts, not just one.
It is essential that EVERY password you use is complex and unique to the website you are on.
Top Password Mistakes-
- Do not use your browser’s built-in password manager.
- Do not use weak passwords, or the same password on different sites
- Do NOT store your passwords on your computer in an unencrypted way.
So, let’s continue with the Netflix example…
When a website asks you to enter a password what should you do?
You should: Use a password manager.
A password manager is an app for your computer or phone that allows you to store all of your login credentials in one central place. Instead of needing to remember multiple passwords, you only need to remember one master password.
A password manager…
- Generates strong, unique passwords for each site.
- The passwords are stored in a highly encrypted database.
- A password manager automates the log in process.
There are a lot of password managers, but the one I recommend is Bitwarden.
Bitwarden is an open-source, end-to-end encrypted password manager.
It offers the highest level of security and ease of use.
- Go to Bitwarden.com and download it.
- Install the browser extension
- To install the browser extension, go to this page and select the browser you are on: https://bitwarden.com/download/
- Use Bitwarden to create and remember a new, complex password for EVERY website that you create an account on.
Having a unique and complex password for every site is the single most important step you can take to be secure online.
And, if a website you are signed up to get’s hacked, and they end up stealing everyone’s information, you will be safe. That’s because your password will not work on any other website, and it can’t be used to identify you.
I STRONGLY recommend that you use two-factor authentication for Bitwarden.