Now that Apple has rolled out its new “Touch ID” fingerprint biometric technology, none of us ever has to enter a password ever again….NOT. While biometrics is certainly an option for authentication and a fingerprint is the most likely method of password deployment, it will be a long time until (if ever) a fingerprint is the sole way in which we are identified. I do, however, believe fingerprinting is a good thing, and with science and technology working together, someday we might perfect biometrics—and it will not be considered an invasion of one’s privacy, either.
In the meantime, here’s how to improve your password security:
Use different passwords. At least use different passwords for each of your accounts. Using the same ones gets you in trouble with others when one account is hacked.
Cover the keyboard. Use your other hand to cover the keys as you type and be sure no one watches when you.
Log off. Log off when you leave your device, even if it’s just for a minute. Open accounts allow password resets.
Antivirus that thing. No matter your device’s age, use security software and keep it up to date to avoid malware.
Only use your devices. Never enter passwords on computers such as at internet cafés or library PCs, which may have malware.
Use a VPN. When entering passwords on unsecured WiFi connections at an airport or coffee shop, hackers can intercept your data. But with a virtual private network, you eliminate that risk.
Don’t share passwords. Your buddy/mate may not be your buddy/mate forever. People change. And they become vindictive sometimes.
Change your passwords regularly. Change your passwords semi-annually and avoid reusing passwords.
Beef up your passwords. Use at least eight lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, characters or symbols in your password.
Use a password manager. Google “password manager” and get one. It can create and store passwords on all your devices and browsers.
Robert Siciliano is an Identity Theft Expert to Hotspot Shield VPN. He is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen See him discussing internet and wireless security on Good Morning America. Disclosures. For Roberts FREE ebook text- SECURE Your@emailaddress -to 411247.