Your passwords are a tremendous security measure, but sometimes they seem to be no more than an inconvenience, designed to stop or slow you from accessing a computer or web site.
For decades (literally since the 60s) passwords have been the first line of defence to secure access to computer systems, and are increasingly important against a growing cyber threat; from the password you type to log in to your Mac, to the PIN you enter on your iPhone.
Even apparently fancier technologies like Apple's TouchID and FaceID have only one job; ensure access to the existing PIN on your iPhone. It's the PIN (or more complex password) which in turn actually unlocks the phone.
So passwords aren't going anywhere, and consequently it’s always a perfect time to review your approach to passwords, and find out how a few simple changes can give you an immediate security boost.
But, in this digital world, password are everywhere. Each time you login to your computer, iTunes, FaceBook, Google Drive, iCloud, work-based systems, DropBox, Zomato, Seek, Uber, Tinder, and (of course) the numerous financial systems which we take for granted these days. The list is almost endless.
So how do you effectively protect yourself?
Do you go the simplistic route, and pick one really good password and use it everywhere? No. Absolutely not. If someone gets that password then you're compromised everywhere.
But having secure, unique passwords to everything is unusually complex, and entirely impractical. So now what?
Fortunately, technology (the cause of the problem) also has a number of solutions. Below are 6 ways in which you can get the best of both worlds; security and simplicity.
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