Protect Your Identity
Your online identity is a compilation of the many accounts you use every day including: email, social media, banking, employment and education, just to name a few. These accounts and the information contained within, is often referred to as your PII, Personal Identifiable Information.
Strong passwords are designed to protect data from unauthorized access. A strong password is difficult to detect not only by human hackers but also by computer programs designed to “crack” them. Strong passwords consist of a at least eight characters, though 10 or 12 are better. They are a combination of letters, both upper and lower case, numbers and symbols. (@#$%&, etc.). They should never contain personal information like partner or children’s names, phone numbers, addresses, etc. The best passwords do not use words that can be found in a dictionary.
Two Factor Authentication (2FA)
Multi-factor or 2FA is a way to harden the security of accounts you use on a regular basis.
Passwords and passcodes provide one factor of authentication, two-factor authentication techniques take different forms. Perhaps the most common is a code that is generated by or sent to a device you own, like your mobile phone.
Additional authentication factors are face or thumbprint scans or even retinal (eye) readers.