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Two-Factor Authentication - the most important thing you can do to keep hackers out of your accounts

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I’d like to start by apologizing for not doing this blog sooner as I think it’s one of the most important steps to lockdown your online life. That said, let’s get you protected.
Online accounts, whether it’s a social media account like Twitter, a cloud storage account like Box, or an online banking account, are huge targets for hackers. The reason is efficiency: it’s harder for hackers to find your devices in order to gain access to your accounts than it is to go to a webpage and find a login screen for your account.  
Once they get to the login screen, they begin password cracking which is using software to throw a mathematical kitchen sink at your password and user name to see if the software can guess it. The shorter and simpler the password, the less time it takes to crack.  And once it's cracked, they’re in.
But if you enable two-factor authentication, it won't matter if they crack your password. Two factor authentication is like requiring two keys on the submarine to launch…

There are no dumb questions in cybersecurity

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It’s easy for us to assume protection so we can feel safe enough to move on with our lives, instead of questioning everything and being paranoid. We generally trust and don’t question: our banks to lock their vaultsour car alarm to go off if someone tries to steal our car andour police departments to catch bad guys before they break into our houses. There’s a lot of trust we put in others to keep us safe. But, we all know that we can't fully rely on others to protect what we care about - we have to do our part too. I think many of us forget all the steps WE take to keep ourselves safe and confident every day. We: safeguard our checkbooks and debit cards from our bank so people can’t steal them and access our accounts
lock our cars and safeguard our keys and
we lock our doors and windows and turn on our security systems before we leave our houses. These are routine things we do every day to keep what we care about safe - almost like security hygiene. We understand that there isn’t one …

We’re the cybersecurity industry - and we’re sorry.

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You’re one of the over 143 million people whose data Equifax lost. Or you applied for a government job or clearance and your data was exposed during the OPM breach. Or you’ve had to deal with a hacker holding your files hostage with ransomware. Or you just have a hard time remembering all the passwords you have to create so you rely on the same one for everything.
Any way you cut it, chances are your trust and confidence in the ability to protect your information is horribly low, and it’s mostly our fault - the cybersecurity industry itself. We’re really bad at explaining how cyber protection works and why you should care.
Imagine if you lived in a house but didn’t know where all the doors and windows were, didn’t know how to lock them or who had keys to any of them, didn’t know how dangerous the neighborhood was, and didn’t know if there was a working home security system - it’d be pretty hard to feel safe enough to fall asleep every night.
So, you’d likely set about figuring all of tha…

Remembering passwords is hard - 6 reasons why you should use a password manager

Yes. Yes. 100% yes, you should use a password manager.

"Wait, what - a password manager? You mean an app on my phone or laptop that helps me generate and remember complex passwords for each one of my accounts?"

Yes, exactly. Here's why you should use one:

1. You're not going to be able to remember unique, complex passwords for each one of your accounts.

2. Because since you can't do #1, you'll repeat passwords, making it easier for hackers that gain access to one password to be able to access your other accounts.

3. Password managers help you generate long, unique passwords with different length and character requirements instantly instead of trying to create them yourself.

4. Many let you securely share passwords with family members, friends, or coworkers - instead of emailing them or texting them unencrypted.

5. Most have browser extensions or apps that will auto-fill passwords for you on websites and accounts you regularly log in.

6. Password managers are apps for…