Securing your identity and information

by gemofaperson

This page is all about tips on how to be online and secure your identity and thus your privacy as well as protect your personal information from marketeers.

When I first read that some movie star is tweeting, that someone has hacked her social media account and also her email account and posting her personal pictures and messages all over the net; I realized how important, securing identity and information on the Internet is.

But I also realized how grave it is when I read another story about a senior citizen's home being raided by cops because his wi-fi account was hacked by some terrorists and they have been using his account to carry out their nefarious communication, making the gentleman an involuntary accomplice.

Securing Your Login Credentials

In this module, you will learn how to use a password manager to secure you login credentials

Locking your Online AccountWe are all well aware how difficult it is to define and remember all the passwords for the websites we register at. And generally, we end up using the same username and password as that is the best way to remember what it is. 

And the username is usually the first name or the email address, both of which is easily available to anyone on the net as also the password may be a combination of what you can remember. Such as your favorite movie or pet or your birth date or marriage anniversary. 

All of these are too easy a bait for hackers to crack and no wonder it happens quite to often that a celebrity or some important person has their accounts hacked. 

Here comes the Password Manager. A software program that encrypts and stores all your username and password in a secure database and locks it using a common master password. 

This means,  you can define a unique and complex combination of username and passwords for each website and never have to worry about remember this combination or if hackers can crack them. 

Many of these password managers provide tools to generate the unique passwords as also provide a password strength meter to analyze your manually defined passwords.

And you have to remember just one strong master password to access the Password Manager and access all your accounts. Most password managers also insert the credentials into the login page of a website thus keeping off key-loggers from capturing what you type. 

Though this may sound so cool and fantastic, most people do not use password managers. The reason for this being that they are either too lazy to try something additional or that they are concerned that someone might steal their master password and thus have access to all their accounts.

It becomes imperative on you as the user of a password manager to ensure that your master password is safe and no one can guess it. 

A new password manager, has come out with a novel solution to get around this problem. What this program does is; it locks your account and all the data secured by the password manager, using a unique key generated from the electronic identity of your USB Drive that you have to insert into the computer's USB port. 

This means, you do not even have to define a master password as the USB Drive becomes you physical master key. If you are worried about loosing this device, you can backup your data in an open format and then import it to a new account using a new USB Drive. 


Updated: 12/02/2014, gemofaperson
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