Also, depending on how sites collect your information and maintain security, people could even use your information to gain access to your email, which could be devastating.
The Solution: Forget Your Password While it may seem counter-intuitive, the best way to remember your passwords is to create ones that you’re going to forget.
We all have to keep more passwords than we can count, and that makes it tempting to use passwords that are easy to remember..
But if you have an easy-to-remember password, it’s also simple enough for hackers to figure out what it is, says Emmanuel Schalit, CEO of password management service Dashlane.
“The only solution that can resist the type of attacks that hackers have been able to mount is to have really, really random passwords which are by definition impossible to remember,” he says. According to Schalit, Dashlane has close to 3 million users, 75% of whom are from the U. Shallot says research has shown people only have the ability to remember up to 10 passwords, though users with incredible memories (or if their passwords are very simple) could recall up to 20.
But it’s not just about remembering the passwords, says Schalit, it’s about remembering which one goes with which website. If you’re going to try to remember your 50-plus passwords but still make them unique, you might be tempted to have some sort of a pattern, like using the website’s name in your password, for example.
But if that particular key opens other locks (or, more accurately, is used as a password on other websites), you’re letting anyone — hackers, rogue employees of the first website — run rampant in your digital home.And no, Mom, it is a good idea to keep all your passwords saved in a list on your computer. But it’s much simpler and happens more often than you think.Here’s a breakdown of 5 ways hackers can get into your accounts: 1.Random strings of characters are the hardest thing for hackers to crack, and are the best way to have a different password on every website.
“Unfortunately in today’s world, given the number of devices and the number of accounts we have, you need a system and a tool to do that,” says Schalit.
© | As my co-worker Greg puts it: They put the food on the table hacking accounts, and their kids want new shoes, i Phones, and a bigger house.