The significance of employing secure passwords is more important than ever. Hackers are hungry for passwords, as they have substantial monetary value. Stories are constantly developing in the media about high profile data breaches and password leaks, leaving thousands of accounts vulnerable to being accessed by cyber criminals.
With two-factor authentication (2FA), also known as multi-factor authentication (MFA), you get an extra layer of security the hackers can’t easily access, because the criminal needs more than just the username and password credentials.
2FA is a method of verifying your identity that adds a second factor of authentication in addition to your account password. This layer can be anything like an OTP sent to your mobile, an auto-generated code, or biometric verification.
- Do not use the same password across multiple accounts
- Make sure your user passwords are minimum 8 characters long and be sure to use a unique combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers
- Don’t use words, birth dates, addresses or phone numbers in your passwords. These are things that can easily be found out about you on the internet
- Use a Password Manager
- Analyse emails for mistakes that could point out if they’re a phishing email