Password Protected: How to properly secure your password privacy

If you are, well, alive and well, you absolutely have an email address and, with that, a password.

How else are you supposed to log in and scroll through junk mail, work emails or anything else through that medium?

In addition, passwords also play a role in things like online banking, security through a server at work, for example, and just about anything else that is specific to you and you only being able to see it.

So, with that, passwords are everywhere, but unfortunately your eyes aren’t the only ones trying to see (and remember) your password. A recent study showed nearly 50 percent of the population has had information brought to light by hackers, a startling number and a sobering statistic that really reinforces the importance of not only having unique password protection but online security as a whole.

The most reliable piece of advice is one that is broken far too often even though it seems fairly obvious, and that is visiting accounts or password protected ones though a public network, such as sitting down for a cup of coffee and transferring money between bank accounts or just randomly looking at your email.

As convenient as public Wi Fi is, you have to make sure you’re using it correctly, and that simply means avoiding anything that has personal information associated with it. Hackers have very little road blocks in order to get account numbers or passwords when you’re basically handing them that information on a silver platter.

Even your own web browser or your private network can also come into play, as you should try to tap into security features offered by Internet Explorer or FireFox, to name a few.

One thing that is often underutilized is additional security that is available for email, such as not only giving a password but also another piece of personal information that can be required to access your inbox. Some products that are available make getting into your email that much more difficult for computer hackers because not only do they have to figure out your password but also some other unique code or series of numbers that you’ve asked to be part of authenticating the user.

Protecting your identity is paramount and one could argue that it is the most important element of security overall. The good news is that as adept as hackers are at finding ways to manipulate the system, you can always stay one up on them with sound pieces of advice and a little effort in regard to how you use your information properly and safely.