Cyber Security in a Digital Age

 

By: Josh Lawson | @JoshKLawson

In recent years most things that were once only available at brick and mortar shop locations or in physical form, have now adapted to different online platforms. With the increase of different services online, more and more users are accessing their accounts online using similar passwords, or public wi-fi, or easily guessed security questions. Those with malicious intent can, more easily than ever before, access your account information, credit card number, and everything in between just by knowing your password. We’ve even seen, in recent history, prominent individuals and vortex public figures have their account security breached. Having the same security questions and password for all your accounts so you only have to remember one thing may not be such a great idea anymore.

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Fear not though, there is still hope for the forgetful and complex password creators alike; password managers. It might seem like a longshot to trust all your passwords in a single place, thus making it easier for hackers. This can be what most people think of at first glance, but it’s just not the case. They fully scramble and encrypt your passwords in a safe place, generate strong random passwords, and sync them securely across all the devices and browsers you attach it to. Some even allow you to share selected passwords or website logins with other people.

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LastPass is one the best candidates to use to decrease your password protection concerns. It holds all your passwords in a double encrypted vault in the cloud, and even encrypts them as you save them so it don’t even know what your passwords are. The company also has a Google Chrome plugin that allows you to automatically upload your login data to the encrypted cloud after you successfully login to any website. This is on the path to replacing KeyChain as a safer form of saving passwords and using autofill. The service provides users with peace of mind, safe passwords, and easy access to the other websites and services they use that contain important, or trivial, data they don’t want compromised.

 

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UNT Eagle Strategies

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