November 5, 2013
SpiderOak Tips To Securely Manage All Your Passwords
Many of us log on to so many online applications everyday to check our emails, manage bank accounts, play games and socialize. However, using so many services means accumulating usernames and passwords for all the services that we try. We tend to use the same log-in information for all the services that we use. In spite of being warned several times about the importance of strong and secure passwords, we tend to use simple short and easy to remember passwords. I know that using a different, unique and complex password to log on to different applications can be very tiring. But for the privacy and security of our own data we need to do so. Weak passwords leave our data vulnerable to unauthorized access. In a phishing scam, an attacker can trick you to log into your credentials to a legitimate looking website or email and can compromise your account. The result of such an attack can be even worse if you use the same password for a number of different applications. Similarly, if a web server is hacked then our account information can be accessed by the attacker and can be used to conduct further attacks.
These are some of the steps you can take to create a strong and hard to crack password to protect your data online:
- Your passwords should be at least 8 characters long and should be a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Never use personal information like child’s name or pet’s name, birth dates or words from dictionary to create your password.
- Even if you decide to use a loved ones name or dictionary words for your password, you can use them more safely by incorporating random capital letters, swap letters for numbers and includes a symbol or two. “For example, the extremely poor “password” password would be much stronger as “r1Va’5paZZw8rD.”
- Similarly you can also use a phrase or a line from a poem and mix it with numbers, symbols or misspelled words for better security.
- You should change your passwords frequently (in every 30 – 60 days). Changing your passwords regularly will make them difficult to guess. Never use your old passwords again and again. Don’t share them or leave them out for others to see (no sticky notes).
- Use different passwords for different web services, that if one of your accounts is compromised, you can be assured that your other accounts are safe. “A study by BitDefender showed that 75 percent of people use their e-mail password for Facebook, as well. If that’s also your Amazon or PayPal password and it’s discovered, say good-bye to some funds, if not friends.” Here is an interesting video by SpiderOak that provides some additional information about password security.
Besides the above-mentioned steps, you can also use password manager to manage multiple passwords for different web applications. A password manager stores username and passwords and allows you to access them using only one master password. Some of the popular password managers are 1Password for Mac and KeePass for Windows. “These programs detect when you’re visiting a website for which they have a saved password, and then allow you to paste the correct username and password into that site using only your master password. Using such a program, you can create unique, secure passwords for every account you own, while only memorizing one secure key.” Password manager can create and fill-in passwords automatically, and can be used on as many of your own computers as you want. However, the only drawback with using a password manager is, if your master password is compromised then the hacker will get access to all of your other sites information. Therefore you need to change your master password regularly in order to keep your information safe.
True Privacy with SpiderOak
Most popular “secure” cloud services are still vulnerable to third party attacks. To truly experience privacy for your individual or business needs, an anonymous cloud storage and sharing service likeSpiderOak provides all the benefits of the cloud while protecting against hacking and security breaches. This service provides users with fully private cloud storage and syncing, featuring all of the benefits of the cloud along with 100% data privacy.
SpiderOak protects sensitive user data with 256-bit AES encryption so that files and passwords stay private. Authorized accounts and network devices can store and sync sensitive data with complete privacy, because this cloud service has absolutely “zero-knowledge” of user passwords or data. And all plaintext encryption keys are exclusively stored on approved devices because SpiderOak never hosts any plaintext data. This way, even if programs like NSA’s PRISM continue to stand unchallenged, people can rest easy knowing that their data is truly protected. SpiderOak’s cross-platform private cloud services are available for users on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, along with Android and iOS mobile devices, allowing for full flexibility and mobile access. SpiderOak offers amazing products likeSpiderOak Hive and SpiderOak Blue to secure consumer and enterprise data. You can signup for this product now.