Real Estate Security: Password Edition
If you work in the real estate industry, then you understand the importance of cyber security.
But we get it – updating your passwords can be a hassle. Especially if you currently utilize the myth of believing random character passwords are the best way to prevent hackers.
Today’s cyber security advice definitely takes a more user-friendly turn.
Cyber Security Experts now recommend using easy-to-remember phrases as passwords, rather than ones filled with random characters. The old advice of using complicated passwords came from a time when people just had fewer passwords to remember. In reality, these passwords aren’t making you any less vulnerable to security breaches, and they’re ultimately frustrating you.
Here’s how you make a good password:
Don’t Use the Same One
We all have dozens of online accounts that are protected by passwords – this should also mean that each account has a different password.
Repeating passwords is a BIG no-no. If one password is compromised, then your other accounts will be exposed to hackers.
Instead of a simple word as a password, think about using phrases instead. Think about your favorite book, TV show, or even an inside-joke you have with a friend or family member.
This simple switch will make it easier for you to remember AND will be unique enough to prevent cyber-attacks.
Track Your Passwords
Okay, so you have a different password for each of your accounts – how do you remember all of them?
We know that writing down passwords is a bad idea, and unfortunately, this is still relevant today. Luckily, there are an array of apps that can help organize all of your passwords. Check out this list of Password Managers to help you decide which best fits your needs.
After you’ve decided on your password for your account, it’s best that you turn on two-step verification (if the account has it).
With two-step verification, you’ll have to confirm your identity before accessing the account. This is usually done by texting a code to your phone.
Hey – we get it! Passwords can be a hassle to deal with. But, if you take a moment to properly protect your accounts, it can save you a great deal of trouble in the future.
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