- Educate YOURSELF on Browser Functionality Everybody has multiple accounts they want their information to be secure on. But how does a person keep their passwords synced and saved in a secure manner? The answer is to use the functionality built in to the most well known browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge. For Google Chrome go to “Settings”>”Autofill”>”Passwords”. For Firefox go to “Options”>”Privacy & Security”>”Logins & Passwords”. For Microsoft Edge go to “Settings”>”Advanced settings”>”View advanced settings”>”Autofill settings”. Once a person finds the Advanced Settings they can set them to automatically sync their accounts and automatically save their passwords. They can do this when they create a new account or go into the Advanced Settings when they are creating a new account on ANY website. A dialogue box will pop up asking the individual if they would like to have their browser save their password and login ID for them. The browser will automatically generate a random cryptic password for the individual. If the individual needs to see their password for any reason they can find this in the Advanced Settings under Passwords.
- Setup & Use 2-Step SMS/Email Verification/Authentication Account holders and or customers should set up 2-Step verification on all of their accounts on every App, Social Media account, email account or website they have an account on. All of these platforms should have this functionality.
- Use an “Authenticator App” Aside from the 2-Step verification methods account holders can use an authenticator app to scan a QR Code which continuously gives a random 6-digit code that times out. This generates more than a million possible code sequences making it very difficult for hackers to guess.
In my experience these steps are the best ways to secure all of your personal information in an online environment. However, when you are looking at your passwords you can choose to either write those down or keep them saved in your browser & synced between your smartphone and desktop browser. If you need to go into your browser settings and look at your password I would not stare at that so somebody can look over your shoulder. Not a good idea, but you can be rest assured that even if you have to go back into settings and look at your password you have 2-Step Authentication turned on. This means only YOU can give access to what YOU are doing and not anybody else.