The Internet has seen a lot of changes since it first rose to popularity in the nineties. Online security has gone through countless transformations as the Internet went from being a niche hobby to a worldwide phenomenon. However, one thing remains the same: everyone’s accounts are secured by a simple login and password.
Websites have undertaken numerous steps to ensure their clients’ privacy. However, the fact remains that a 10-digit (or less) password is the only thing standing between a hacker and your personal information.
Fortunately, knowing these login security tips gives a greater sense of security as you do your activities online.
Common Mistakes That Make Your Login Less Secure
When you sign up for a website today, you’re typically prompted to come up with a complex, elaborate password. This normally includes letters, numbers, and symbols.
The password also has to be a certain length. And when it’s time to renew it, it can’t be the same as your previous three passwords.
With this much login security, you might feel like there’s nothing to worry about. But despite these precautions taken by websites, countless accounts are still hacked every day.
Here are some of the most common mistakes people make that reduce their login security.
Reusing the Same Password Across Multiple Accounts
We’ve all been guilty of this. Why come up with ten different passwords when we can use one password across ten different accounts? It’s much simpler and easier to remember. But it also means that if a hacker breaks into one of your accounts, they’ll also have access to everything else you’ve signed up for–potentially including your work login and your bank account. For this reason, it’s important to use a different password for every website. Read more about this in this post.
Using Weak Passwords
While many websites require a strong password, others are more lax with their security. It might be tempting to use a basic, easy-to-remember password so you can log in quickly and easily. But a simple password is also much easier to crack. Having weak passwords is a gift to hackers. Many hackers use programs that can run through hundreds of passwords in a matter of seconds, so it’s important to use a complex password that’s difficult for programs to guess.
Writing Down Your Password in a Visible Area
Not all hackers are based online. In fact, someone you know in person could hack into your account because they saw your login and password written on a sticky note on your desk. If you’re going to write down your passwords, never leave them in a place where other people have access to them. Write them in a secure area that nobody else knows about, like a private journal.
Sharing Passwords with Your Partner
You might not think much about sharing your passwords with a friend, partner, or co-worker. They’re not going to break into your account, right? But countless people have had their personal information compromised because they trusted the wrong person. Never share your passwords with another person under any circumstances. But if you must share your credentials, remember to do so securely. We discuss this in length here.
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Login Security Best Practices to Remember
Whether you’re signing up for an online bank account or a train hobbyist forum, treat every account that you open with the same level of importance. No matter how small your online presence might seem, a hacker breaking into even one account can lead to dire consequences. Take note of these login security best practices to keep your personal information secure as you browse the Internet.
Make Sure the Website is Encrypted
If you see a lock icon next to the URL bar in your browser, that means that the website is encrypted. An encrypted website means that no one can tap into your Internet connection and spy on your activity to steal your personal information. When entering personal details, always make sure the website is encrypted–if not, you could end up being a victim of identity theft. That little lock icon means secured login.
Avoid Sketchy-Looking Websites
Some websites disguise themselves as logins for another website to get you to enter your password. Always check the URL to make sure you’re on the official website, not a convincing lookalike. Additionally, avoid clicking on links in emails from sources that you don’t recognize. Read more about phishing here.
Use Strong, Diverse Passwords
One of the most important login security tips to remember is to always use a strong password. No password will ever make your account 100% secure, but the more complicated it is, the harder it will be for hackers to get your personal information. On a similar note: never use the same password twice. If your accounts all have different passwords, one account might be compromised, but you can shut it down and assess the damage without the hacker breaking into the rest of your accounts.
Use a Password Manager
A password manager is an app that offers a full suite of tools to keep your accounts safe while browsing the web. When you sign up for a website, your password manager generates a random string of letters and numbers that becomes your highly-secure password. This might sound difficult to remember, but the password manager also stores all your passwords for you. All you’ll have to remember is the master password that unlocks the vault.
Use Multi-Factor Authentication
Many websites give you the option to turn on multi-factor authentication. This offers additional security by forcing you to verify your identity every time you log in. When you try to log in, you’ll have to input an additional code that’s sent to your email or texted to your phone number. This keeps unauthorized people from accessing your online accounts, as long as you still have access to your phone or email address.
How Can I Make Sure My Business is Secure?
If you’re concerned about online security for your team of professionals, Teamstack’s Single Sign-On feature combines a simple and secured login process with the security you need to protect your growing business.
When they sign in at the start of the day, your teammates only have to sign in once to access all their applications. No more fumbling with different passwords and wasting time trying to log in to different clients. They’ll have everything they need right from their dashboard.