How important are passwords nowadays?
After reading about how Christopher Mims, a Wall Street Journal reporter, willingly gave out his Twitter password in order to prove a point, there is a stronger argument that can be made on the matter. With two-factor authentication that many Twitter users take advantage of, it could be argued that we do not need passwords anymore. Not only should Twitter get rid of them but every other website that has other methods of authentication should do the same, right?
I’m on the fence about this particular matter. Passwords are, for all intents and purposes, more reliable by comparison and any Internet marketing company can agree. In addition, the fact that we don’t know about the full extent of two-factor authentication means that there isn’t nearly as much confidence on the matter. With this in mind, it’s still important to keep your social media pages and accounts on various websites as protected as possible.
For those who are very much Internet-savvy, the entirety of this list may not apply to you. For everyone else, here are 3 social media password protection tips designed to benefit you.
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- Take advantage of intricate security questions. Stop me if these sound familiar: “What is your mother’s maiden name?” “What was the name of your third grade teacher?” “What was the name of your first pet?” Oftentimes, these are used as security questions so that lost passwords can be recovered. These are helpful since the human mind has a tendency to blank from time to time. However, with social media sites containing personal information, you don’t want to go with an extremely obvious security question. The first name of your son, for example, won’t cut it. Go with something that only you, and maybe a few others who are close to you, can figure out.
- Log out whenever you’re done with a site. This is especially true for those who utilize shared computers, whether at school, the public library, or even your own home. You want to make sure that you are logged out once you are finished with whatever it is that you need from a particular website. The reason for this is because it is very easy for someone else to log on and tinker with your account. Your password may be changed under your nose and that’s just the tip of the potential iceberg you may encounter. To put it simply, the more often you remember to log out, the harder it will be for someone else to tap into your account without your knowledge.
- Use a different password for every account you have. When you stick to a certain password for every account, it’s very easy for them to be accessed. This is one of the reasons why personal information is compromised; sometimes all an account needs is a unique password, which is where your intuition must come into play. Think about a password that is, like the aforementioned security questions, easy enough for you to remember. Even if you want to use passwords that closely resemble each other, adding a number sign or underscore, if allowed, can help matters. The general rule of thumb, though, is that no two passwords should exactly mirror one another.
Note: This post is a guest post from a member of our DMR Insider Community.
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