Take advantage of confinement to clean up your passwords

Techno advice. With confinement, digital tools are used extensively. Perhaps now is the time to think about cleaning up the passwords that we use every day.

We all use very many passwords today. It is the basis of our digital life. Unfortunately, it is difficult to navigate and especially we manage them badly. The first mistake is to use the same password everywhere. If a cybercriminal finds one, they’ll try it everywhere (Gmail, Facebook, Netflix, etc.) and that’s how you can end up in big trouble up to digital identity theft. .

Second classic mistake: using passwords that are too weak, such as “1234” or a first name or date of birth. You should know that hackers use algorithms that test all combinations, such as sequences of numbers and letters, first names and dictionary words… It only takes a few seconds for them to crack a simple password.

No need to hold them back

You must use a password manager. A small program, a sort of safe, which keeps them all in your place and which even automatically fills out the forms to connect here and there. It is enough to remember a single password, the main one which allows access to all the others. In the Apple universe (Mac, iPhone, iPad), there is what is called the “keychain”. Web browsers (Chrome, Edge) also integrate their own password managers. The best is to use an external manager that can synchronize with all your devices, whatever the brand, like Dashlane, KeePass, LastPass or Keeper …

This is essential

In addition, a password manager can tell you if some are too weak or if they are used identically on several services or even if they have been hacked and circulating on the darknet.

If you have some time during lockdown, maybe now is the time to go over it all and do some housecleaning.

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