Password Managers can help
The fact is that we are all duty bound to try and keep our data secure. It's not good enough to pass the buck to others. Your responsibility as an Internet user is to make it as difficult as possible for the hackers to be effective by using secure, complex passwords. Saying that you can't remember them all is no excuse, either. There are some really good Password Manager applications available and some are even free - check out PC magazine reviews for recommendations. Password Managers generate complex passwords for you and store them in an encrypted "vault". All you have to do is remember the password to the vault. One password. One. And you don't need to share it, or write it down or save it in your contacts on your phone, because it's the only one you need to remember.
Complex can be simple
If you don't want to use a Password Manager, you need to know how to create and remember decent, complex passwords that are at least 15 characters long and a combination of letters, symbols and numbers. Here are a few pointers:
How do you know if you're compromised already?
Now you're in the mood for protecting yourself, here's something else you can do. Check to see if your accounts have already been compromised and do something about it. The site haveibeenpwned.com is run by blogger Troy Hunt. It's a resource that allows you to assess if you've been put at risk and it's simple, free and fast.
This problem isn't going away. We have to take steps to protect our accounts ourselves. We apply road safety rules when we're out and about because we know that without them we're at risk - it's time we started thinking about Internet safety rules the same way.
Posted by Kirsty McIntosh on Wednesday, December 16, 2015