During my working life, security and passwords are probably the most discussed subject once we get past the toys hardware/software.
There are some really important aspects of security and I am happy to discuss firewalls, exposure to content and anything else you can think of.
Today is about questioning the weakest link in the chain when it comes to online security, Us.
If you can appreciate the idea that we are the weakest link in the chain then life can be so much better. Most “hacks” of companies, aren’t somebody using complex computer programs to bypass firewalls using backdoors. They are preying on our overly simplified approach to passwords and/or the willingness to give out sensitive personal information to “anyone”.
Ask yourself a question. If someone were to google you, check out Facebook, twitter, Instagram and take this information. Along with a google search for “hacking” software – could they/would they feasibly come up with your password or security question answers?
There will be some of you saying “but there is nothing of value”, I challenge you, this same information can be used with you bank account (over the phone)?
Am I asking you to become a paranoid state of conspiracy theory? No.
I would encourage you to try a “not the lowest common denominator” approach.
Step 1: Write your passwords down! There is nothing wrong with having a little black book of passwords. Its a darn site harder for someone to steal that than to gain access to your email account and access that digital note or spreadsheet you keep.
Step 2: Use a password generator. There are loads of ways to create passwords, google it. Please don’t use your pets name, year of your first born child combos. Check this article out if you want the extreme.
How do I do it? I use a password manager, specifically 1password. Its a great balance of convenience, security and multi platform. There are any number of blogs on how to use 1password as well as some amazing security posts on the AgileBit website too.