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Password shielding against hackers.


Passwords are the first defense in protecting access to your personal data. Example: your finances, credit information etc. Quite a number of people globally still don’t use secured passwords, and this makes them even more vulnerable to hackers.

Passwords are not a full proof in securing our documents because just as a burglar can get past a locked door, any determined hacker can get past them too. So Protecting and safeguarding your data requires a little intelligent effort.  Below, I have highlighted ways to beef up your online security.
1. Consider a Password Administrator. Password administrators keep track of the various usernames and passwords you use on various sites. They’ll also synchronize your passwords across different devices, meaning you won’t be stumped if you log onto a site from your phone which you had registered using a laptop.
2. Don’t disclose your Password. A staggering number of people still freely give their passwords to a third party. Globally, a one-third of the people who say they have shared their password have shared the password to their bank account or ATM cards and also their email. We advice you don’t fall under this category.
3. The Use of biometrics. That’s not only more secured, it also prevents you from forgetting your password.  Smart phones, tablets and laptops are increasingly letting people log on with a fingerprint instead of a password. Voice recognition and touch security services are other new measures.
4. Multiple Passwords for accounts. While it’s certainly easier to use the same password on multiple sites, remember that doing so can increase your vulnerability. Not only can hackers use that password to access other important accounts of yours, you’re also opening yourself up to scrutiny from a larger number of people trying to crack many different sites. If you regularly visit a large number of sites and worry you’ll forget which password to use, this next tip will come in handy.
5. Utilize multifaceted verification. An increasing number of online services revolving around sensitive information (such as Gmail, online bank accounts etc) offer the option for an additional step between entering your password and accessing your account. (Typically, a code is sent to the phone number you have on record.) This is a notable deterrent for any hacker trying to compromise your account.
6. Don’t use a weak Password. People continue to use simple ones like “123456” and “password” for their passwords, even though those have consistently been ranked the guessable passwords for many years. When you’re asked to create or update a password for a site, avoid simple patterns that are easily guessed. You are to select something that has 12 characters or longer, using letters, numbers and other symbols to secure it very well.
7. Respond to Software Updates. It seems we’re notified almost daily about some program or another that requires an update. It has been revealed that whenever the update notice pops up, people ignore it. Have it in mind that there is going to be a security update in that update pop up.  So when you see it, you need to act on it by clicking and patiently wait as it automatically updates itself for your online data safety.
I hope this helps in awakening you guys on securing your password.

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