Passwords ruling your life?

Online security, then and now

Fifteen years ago, life was much simpler. You only had to remember two or three passwords—your debit card PIN number, computer login, and email account password—and that was pretty much it. Back then your greatest security risk was getting your house robbed or your car stolen. Today, with the advent of social media, e-commerce and online banking, you face a more severe security threat than ever before.

How Mr Smith paid the price

Let’s take a look at Mr Smith, a man to whom we can all relate. Between work and social commitments, Mr. Smith leads a very busy life. He keeps in touch with his friends over Skype and FaceTime, and shares his thoughts and photos on Facebook and Twitter. He manages three personal banking accounts over the internet and does most of his shopping online. In total, he has more than 50 online accounts and, to make life easier (even though he’s aware it’s not the ideal thing to do), he uses the same password for most of his accounts.

One day Mr Smith goes to a new shopping site and, as usual, he registers with the same password that he uses on most of his other online accounts. The site is then hacked, compromising his personal information not only on the online shopping site, but also on all the other online accounts where he uses the same password. Does this give hackers access to his email accounts? Or worse, his bank accounts?

Your security is in your hands

Encryption standards and online security have significantly improved over time and now provide the most comprehensive protection possible. But all this technology is useless if your passwords are not strong and well protected, in the same way that a house with strong walls isn’t safe if its locks are easy to pick.

Three basic security practices to remember

Ready for the good news? It’s easy to dramatically improve your online security by applying some simple rules:

• Never re-use the same password

• Use a strong password, meaning one that is eight or more characters and is alphanumerical (randomly generated is best)

• Never write your passwords down

But these steps are easier said than done! How do you manage over fifty different online accounts without writing your passwords down?

oneSafe – Secure Password Management

oneSafe is an iOS application that allows you to store all your confidential information— IDs and passwords, internet accounts, banking details, confidential documents, personal photos, etc.—safely and easily on your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Now you can use a whole range of complex, alphanumerical passwords for all your internet accounts without having to memorize them. Having them all stored securely in oneSafe means you’ll have them at your fingertips whenever you need them. So you’ll be able to use strong complex passwords and never have to write them down! Plus, oneSafe comes with a password generator that you can use to create unique, strong passwords that are virtually unhackable.

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