Strong Passwords and Two-Factor Authentication Can Prevent Data Theft
Written by jordanmckamey on August 13, 2019
Strong and complex passwords for accounts and two-factor identification are practices that can help avoid breaches from leaking your data–according to the personal finance management specialist with the University of Wyoming Extension.
Data breaches and password leaks have struck companies such as Equifax–Facebook–Home Depot–Marriott–Target–Yahoo–and– most recently–Capital One.
Consumers can check to see if their accounts might have been compromised by entering their email address on the website Have I Been Pwned – haveibeenpwned.com. It cross-references your email address with hundreds of data breaches, he said
Cole Ehmke– a member of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Wyoming states–quote–“The most important thing you can do to protect your privacy and security is to have different complex passwords for every account,” end quote.
He said the review website Wirecutter recommends password managers LastPass and 1Password. Both can generate passwords, monitor accounts for security breaches and sync passwords between your computer and phone.
Password managers can be intimidating to set up–and might have a cost–but once installed the internet can be browsed as usual.
Ehmke continues–quote–“Another big safety step is to enable two-step identification for accessing accounts whenever possible. Two-step or two-factor identification combines what you know with what you have – the first factor is almost always your password–while the second is usually a temporary code sent to your phone or email. Most banks and major social networks provide this option.” End quote.