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Bad password habits “like leaving the front door open,” says Kaspersky Lab

“The Internet has been around for awhile now but people are still making simple mistakes when it comes to online passwords. The best passwords cannot be found in the dictionary. They are long, with upper and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation marks. However, with people having so many online accounts today, it’s not easy to remember a secure password for everything. Using a password management solution can help people remember and generate strong passwords to minimise the risk of account hacking online,” Mochola continues.

How To Use Passwords?

Here are a few more tips on creating and using secure passwords from Kaspersky Lab’s blog:

1. Invent and memorize reliable passwords. It’s rather hard to remember a meaningless combination, but you can easily learn symbols and figures that mean something personal for you.

2. Type it on a keyboard about a dozen times. As a result, you’ll start typing automatically, without questioning yourself “What comes next?”. Moreover, high typing speed will protect you, when a curious coworker tries to remember your passwords by peeping over your shoulder.

3. Never share your password with anybody, as well as the method you used to create it. For example, if criminals find out that you used words from your favorite song, they can examine your social media profile and thus engineer your password.

4. You should use unique passwords for your most important accounts, especially for your email, online bank and social networks. One or two reliable passwords that you use everywhere are not enough. Cyber criminals might face certain troubles when stealing your login credentials from a bank (though not obligatory), but they would definitely be more lucky on a poorly protected dating website or something like that. And then there will be the ripple effect: a criminal will hack your accounts one after another.

5. Apart from traditional passwords you should enable two-factor authentication on all important accounts. If a criminal hacks or somehow finds out your super-reliable password, this method will protect you.

Aside from these tips, you can also use special security solutions with password manager feature. Kaspersky Total Security has Kaspersky Password Manager which securely stores all passwords, addresses and credit card details, and synchronizes them across all devices so that users only need to remember one master password.