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Security Upgrade Using Password Managers in 2020

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July 10, 2020

We must note that a completely secure password, unfortunately, does not exist. If a criminal intends to take your data, and the password is simple, it will be decrypted. However, the time it takes to decipher a more complex password is, logically, longer than the time it takes to crack a simple and well-known password. Therefore, make it harder for cyber thieves to break into your account!

Just an extra few minutes spent creating a more complex password will help you protect your data. In a good number of cases, cybercrime initially counts on uninventive, bad, and sometimes really stupid passwords, demonstrated by passwords such as "1234" or "123456789"?!

Today, for every site that contains a "Login" function, it is difficult to keep up with all the passwords and emails used for each site. Still, you have to make an effort. If this is difficult for you, we recommend that you use a Password Manager.

The common practice of using the same combination of email and password to log in to multiple sites and internet platforms can be detrimental, especially for employers with large numbers of users and valuable password-protected assets (e.g., universities and large multinational companies). If someone uses their business email address and password, used to access the company's confidential information, log in to their personal accounts, and make it their "universal password"; that email and password can be on the Internet for all to see it and hackers can compromise that site.

Password managers provide a solution to the pain of remembering all the passwords for your online services - the ones you use for fun, the ones you use for work, and those you use for critical services such as finance and healthcare. So, guess what? Password managers can create more problems if they use complicated interfaces and risk your data, privacy, and money.

All are generally to download and use, but "Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault" is a different story. This tool's security and simple design make it easy to protect your private network accounts from cyber threats. It provides you dark web protection, comes as an app for mobile, desktop, or web, and has a lot of different features for your protection. The most secure password managers are those that are committed to transparency. Your password manager should provide clear and unambiguous information about how it works and what information it collects.

"Password Manager" offers two-factor authentication—that way, your passwords are not at risk even if someone gains access to your master password. Great password managers are so well designed you don't even notice they are there. A good password manager should work seamlessly with your browser and devices to automatically fill in a person's usernames and passwords the moment they are needed.

Most password managers also help generate new strong passwords on the go. This saves time and mental effort and also ensures that passwords are almost impossible to hack. But ideally, you want a password manager compatible with all of your devices, making you secure while using them for various activities like shopping and online banking.

Privileged accounts, i.e., user accounts with access to data or parts of the system that are of great importance to the company, have elevated authority, and should be assigned to trusted employees. They understand the responsibility that this privilege carries. Additionally, such users must be supervised and monitored, even more so than ordinary users. Privileged tasks and projects must be carefully assigned. IT teams must regularly check existing privileged accounts and remove those that should not have those privileges.

Weak passwords are one of the leading factors as to why credentials are stolen. Once a hacker gains access to a computer on the network, it is very easy to get hashes of passwords of users who use the computer.

Passwords can also be intercepted by capturing network traffic. If the password is weak and does not change often, hackers can crack the hashed password without creating an alert on the network, thus revealing the password.

You should regularly check to see if privileged accounts have weak passwords. Avoid using the same (common) passwords in multiple places. You should also change default passwords. Track privileged accounts that have not been active for a long time. There are many reasons why there are inactive accounts. One of them is that administrators create service orders, and then move to another team or leave the job, leaving these accounts unattended. IT teams should monitor, review, and remove inactive accounts unless there is a very good reason to leave them.

Most people will eventually use their old password, only making small changes such as changing lowercase to uppercase letters or adding an extra character at the end. Security experts call such small changes "transformations," and potential attackers are well aware of such practices. Hackers incorporate such transformations into their scripts and password cracking tools. By requiring frequent password changes, users are encouraged to use weak passwords that can be easily and periodically transformed. This does not mean that passwords should never be changed but need to use measures to ensure that passwords remain long and random.

Never give your personal information in response to unverified requests. If the user did not initiate communication, sensitive personal data should never be provided. Passwords should never be communicated over the phone or network prompted by unverified requests. Do not open mail whose sender is unknown. Do not open mail that contains a pendant (attachment), especially do not touch the pendant, except in the case of a known sender. Do not download "free" games, programs, and smileys (i.e., emoticons) before checking their reliability using credible sources.

Keep in mind that, no matter how phenomenal it may seem to easily and pleasantly share information about yourself, each sharing platform is regularly subjected to data collection about all users. All data collected is likely to end up in databases of individual national security services.

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