Protect Your Passwords
If you lock your doors, why leave your passwords exposed? You probably use your computer to compose, edit, and publish your writing. Why keep your valuables in an unsecured environment? That is where password managers come in to help keep you safe.
Login Credential Security
Something happened drove me nuts earlier in the day. I was about to log in to a website that I know that I logged into before, but, I could not remember my login credentials.
Login credentials are usually two parts, and in some cases, there is also something else besides. The basics you need to know: your username and password.
If you like me, you’ve got more than three accounts. Trying to remember those things is nearly impossible. I don’t even know how many password combinations I have. You want to be sure that you’re NOT using the same username and password for all your accounts. If someone were able to hack one (password) they could get into everything.
Internet security is okay in most cases, but, my gosh, we’ve had breaches on Facebook. We had breaches on Equifax recently. Nobody is safe 100% of the time. There are hackers out there who just want to break in. Not all of them are malicious, just doing it to see if they can. You want to stay safe.
Staying safe is one of our mantras at Book Marking Mentor. We’re here to give you tips that are going to help you with your book marketing and take you out of feeling overwhelmed.
The Best Password Managers of 2018 him
The most popular and best-rated password managers out there include several that I know and have used.
I use 1Password from Agilebits. The main reason I like 1Password — it stores my information off-site in the cloud. I have my vault, that is what OnePass calls that my encrypted file with all of my passwords all the combinations that only I can get enter. I know my master key. My file is saved in the cloud, and I can access it from any of my devices: mobile, desktop, you name it, doesn’t matter. As long as I have access to one of my machines I can get to my passwords.
1Password has been incredibly helpful because I work on my laptop, phone, desktop, tablets, and it doesn’t matter which device I’m logging into to get to my passwords. They all sync up. All those devices sync to one file in the cloud. I have access to all of my tools. For instance, if I’m on my phone and I add a new password, or any password and username combination, a record of that name and password go into my cloud account. When I go onto my laptop, if I go to that same website or program, whatever it is that needs a username and password, I can pull that combination up and log in. That’s very very helpful.
I bought 1Password because I use multiple devices. I got the family plan. I have my account, and I was able to include my machines and my husband for one fee.
We each have our unique password vault. We could share if we wanted to. One of the features of 1 Password is it allows you to have one overall account and then you can have separate vaults, even multiple vaults per person.You might have a business vault.
If you are a family, the parents could choose what level of access the kids have to the account. It is highly customizable.
I am often in different locations, and I don’t like to have to remember everything. I do want to remember everything, but I would prefer to spend my brainpower looking at what I need to, and not having to try to track all of those pieces and parts like my passwords.
The Password Apps
Let’s start off with Dashlane. I’m familiar with this program. Recently, Apple included Dashlane in one of the updates to the OS. That doesn’t mean Dashlane is only available for Apple devices. Dashlane is a password manager. If you are on a Mac when you open Safari, you’ll see a request asking if you want to use Dashlane.
I was exposed to Dashlane three or four years ago by one of my geekier friends Sally Goetsch– also known as the Wordslinger. She likes Dashlane because it’s simple. Mom of these password manager apps also do this — you install a widget/extension in your browser for the app, and when you go to a website that requires a login, the password combination will be available to you. Then, when you return to that site, it will remember your credentials, and with a quick click, you populate the site login form with your login data in your password app. Saving a new login is secure. You can do it right from the browser.
Dashlane lets you can save the logins. It is simple to use, has autofill, and it works with both Mac and PC products.
Now that it is baked into the Mac OS, it works with ease. You can you can see more about it at http://dashlane.com
This is the website that where you can find all reviews and ratings of the top ten password manager of 2018.
They reviewed ten different password programs. Dashlane came out number one in their report.
I advise you to check out any of these programs and see what you like best. Go to the websites for each one.
When you go to the consumersadvocate.org website, you’ll be able to click on the buttons in each review to go and see that, and the software features are and check out their pricing deals.
Some of the apps are paid, some of them are free, some of them have different variations, including a free trial.
Roboform is a password program that my partner Judy Reyes is using. It uses two-step authentication. Two-step authentication is becoming more popular because it is harder to break than a single form of verification. In two-step authentication, any of you on Amazon or using Google, if you log in from a different device it will ask you to type in a code (that is sent via text or email), so you would have to have two different devices in hand. You might be receiving the code on your smartphone then, on your computer you enter a numeric code that you received via text. Google usually asks you if you are seeing this number and are you logging in from a different device than before. Two-step authentication makes your passwords safer.
It is Smart to Use a Password Manager
We’ll talk a little bit more about why it’s essential to use a password manager.
What distinguishes these password programs: they work on, and across, multiple platforms. I work predominantly on Apple products. My husband works mainly on Windows products. He’s an iPhone person he has an iWatch. With these password programs, we can access our passwords no matter what devices we are on. It doesn’t matter which platform we are using. They are platform agnostic.
They all have a way of encrypting your data. That means they take your data and encode it in such a way that it makes it difficult to access. If you have seen the movie Enigma, about the code breakers during World War II, you’ll understand that data can be made more secure by switching up the information using a system.
The United States was able to create a code that was unbreakable because it used native American language, Wind Talkers to send messages. There wasn’t an easy translation between English and Wind Talkers’ language. It wasn’t a one to one translation.
When the English mathematicians who broke the German code deciphered it, that took so much computing power.
Encryption is like taking a package, like this book. If I take this book, and then I put it in another container, and then I wrapped it in saran wrap, and then I put chains on it, and I buried it. That is an example of what it would be like to break into some encryption. You’ll see things like 128-bit encryption. 256-bit encryption is even more complicated. It would take a lot of computing power to break into that code.
Reasons to use a password manager:
- Saves you time
- Eliminate headaches
- You don’t have to remember everything.
- Auto generates password for you (you don’t have to think up secure passwords)
I don’t usually use the auto generator. They are stronger and more unbreakable than most of the ones we can think up. With 1Password, I can set the style of my passwords, from something that’s pronounceable, or uses hyphens between parts of it, whether or not I want to include upper and lower case letters, if I want to add special characters, it is highly customizable.
We are moving towards biometric identification logins. You have it on most iOS devices. I have programmed my devices to recognize one of my fingerprints. With the touch of that finger, I can unlock my MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPads. Some of the apps also let me use my fingerprint to open them, including my password program. In the case of 1Password, I will need to unlock the app once per session with the master password, and after that I can use touch.
I bought one of the first fingerprint scanners for passwords, 10 or 15 years ago at MacWorld. I thought it was going to be the wave of the future. It wasn’t quite ready for prime time. There just wasn’t enough software and hardware companies willing to incorporate the technology into their products at that time.
Apple is using facial recognition to unlock the iPhone X. We’re going to see more and more of this technology come online. We are moving into the future. Sci-fi is becoming a reality.
Take a look at these different password programs. If they have a free trial, try before you buy.
If you only a few passwords, a spreadsheet will probably work for you for a while. The drawbacks of a spreadsheet: it is static, it doesn’t it doesn’t update on the fly like a real password manager app.
I have 1 Password extension installed for Safari and Chrome.
I don’t have to remember hundreds of passwords. 1 Password knows if I’m changing either the username or password when I’m on a site. It asks me if I want to create a new password record or do I want to update an existing password file. It is smarter than the average bear.
Pick the Manager You Like Best
You can choose the password manager of your dreams. Try them before you buy. As you grow your business as an author, managing your passwords will become more and more critical. As I said in the beginning, you do not want to keep using the same password and username combination over and over again. That is asking for trouble. I know people who got hacked. If someone broke through your “go-to” password combo, it is easy enough to hack through all your accounts. Like any lock and key, if you only have one and I steal it, I would have access to every locked door in your world.
Practice Safe Computing
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