2021 is almost here, and I think everyone agrees that hopefully, it’ll be a lot better than 2020. When a new year rolls around a lot of people like to make a New Year’s Resolution. Something you want to do that will have some kind of positive impact on your life.
For a lot of people, that means something like exercising more or learning a new skill. But, what about some internet security resolutions? It’s more important than ever to have good internet security hygiene, so what better time than the start of a new year to bolster your security? Here is a list of ideas you can use to help get a head start.
Improve your password hygiene!
This is something that everyone can do, and is really easy. If you are the sort of person to reuse passwords for multiple accounts or have an insecure password. It is really easy to change that habit. A good password normally uses a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. A length of around eight characters or more is ideal too. If you need help creating a secure password, we have a random password generator you can use completely free! This leads us into our next resolution…
Use a password manager!
We all have a huge number of passwords at this point, and it can be difficult to keep track of everything. That is why using a password manager is something that is not only convenient but highly recommended by security experts. And many of these password managers even come with password generators built-in and will suggest a secure password when creating an account. Just make sure your password manager is secured with both a strong password and a second factor of authentication…
We have been extolling the virtues of 2FA for a very long time now, and it is something that is absolutely essential for the security of your accounts. It doesn’t matter if you use the most complex password of all time, if that password is leaked in a breach, it won’t stop an attacker gaining access to your account. By using 2FA, it is nigh on impossible for an attacker to gain access to an account.
There are several different factors of authentication you can use, and what you can use will depend on the service. The most common is entering a code via an authenticator app, these are available in abundance on mobile and desktop and usually free. An even more secure method is a security key, something that has to be plugged in before you can access your account. Some services even allow you to combine all of these things. It can be a pain to enter a code when you login, but it will save you a lot of hassle down the road should your account be breached.
Learn about phishing
A good resolution is to sit down and learn all you can about phishing. There are some great resources out there, and even a little quiz you can take to see just how complete your knowledge is when it comes to phishing. You’d be surprised at just how sophisticated phishers are getting, so it could just save you a lot of time, effort, and money.
Use a VPN!
If you care about your online privacy and security, a VPN is an essential tool. Because your data is routed through encrypted tunnels with a VPN, it keeps your online activity away from prying eyes. So, if you think that improving your online privacy and security is something you’d like to do in 2021, a VPN is a must-have.
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All that remains to say is that everyone here at hide.me VPN hopes you have a great 2021!
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