security-question-shield-iconWhat is your Mother’s maiden name? What street did you grow up on? Recently Google researchers’ announced a discovery: Security questions are not that secure. Many already knew this to be true, however, previously there was no research to support that assumption. Either answers to the common security questions are publically available with some Google searching or a hacker can take an educated guess. Keeping private information secure is important. Here are some tips to keep accounts secure:

Passwords serve as the first line of defense, so ensure that you have a strong password. There are a few components of a strong password. Use numbers, capitalization throughout the password, incorrect spelling and grammar. Also, best to never incorporate your kid’s names, a pet’s name or birth dates into a password. Each account should have its’ own unique password. I understand that is becoming increasingly difficult with online everything: banking, shopping, gaming, email, social media, taxes, job applications and more. That is why we suggest using a password manager. Google ‘password manager’ and a wealth of possibilities appear. Or there is always the old fashioned pen and paper. But if you are to do that, keep that paper in a safe spot. Lastly, it is always recommended to change passwords every so often, keep those hackers guessing!

To take your security to another level, enable two-step verification for the accounts that offer it. Google, Twitter and Dropbox all offer this as an option. Two-step verification is exactly what it sounds like: a two-step process required to get into your accounts. This means that when you sign into an account, you not only put in your password but are also sent a code via text message, email, or notification via an app to verify that you are indeed the person you say you are. Each time you log into your account (which if you have the “stay signed in” feature enabled might not be very often), the verification code will change and a new one will be sent your way.

This adds extra protection to your accounts, so even if hackers are successful in getting your password it halts their progress when they cannot complete the verification process.

Even better yet, passwords may become a thing of the past. True Key, by Intel Security, features technology that enables a person’s face to serve as the password. It strengthens security and helps elevate the stress of trying to remember all those passwords. It is still in the early stages of release, check out their website to join the waiting list for a free 6 month trial.

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