When it comes to logging in to your computer (whether business or consumer), it should be one of the simplest tasks you do daily. That said too many individuals discover it can be more difficult than that at times, especially if you have multiple email addresses and work off of several computers.
In order to lessen the degree of difficulty in signing-in to your files and other Internet needs, all you really need to do is locate the right password management solution.
With such a solution, you can have the following at your disposal:
- One-click log-in
- Keystroke encryption to protect your passwords from hackers
- Touch ID which works upon a simple strike from your finger
- Password safety (this allows you to come up with the best passwords to better ensure online protection)
- Smart security (this enables you to lock-up your password for times you move away from the computer)
- Web-based password management (this allows you better management capabilities)
- Cloud sync (with this, you can back-up all your password manager data)
In order to find the right provider, making sure you locate the one who will best protect your private password information from cyber-criminals, look to:
- Company history – Finding a provider who has a reputable background and knows what they’re doing should not be that hard, right? Make sure you research at least several companies, allowing you to choose the one which best suits your online needs and your wallet. Look to see if the provider has a proven track record and has not had many customer service problems. You can turn to an agency like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if there are any “issues” with the provider you are interested in (see more below);
- Word-of-mouth – Given the fact that just about everyone uses a computer these days, it should not be all that hard to find friends, family, co-workers etc. who can recommend a proven software solutions provider. Check around and see who these people use, if they’re happy with the product and price, and what their experiences were when contacting customer service.
Keeping Cyber-Criminals Out of Reach
While computers are very productive in helping individuals and companies complete all kinds of tasks, they are also high-value targets for cyber-criminals.
As the world all too painfully knows, a number of well-known companies were hacked into in just the last year or two, leading to financial problems, customer data being exposed, and notable public relations nightmares.
Whether you are a small-scale company or one of the larger ones around, having the right software in place on a number of fronts is critical, especially when it comes to security.
With the right software in place, it is also crucial that your employees use the Internet safely and securely, cutting down on the chances of being hacked.
For starters, they should keep their username/password entry information private when logging in to their machines each day.
Secondly, it is important that they do not open any suspicious emails at work.
Given how creative hackers have gotten in recent years, it is not uncommon for them to pose as someone the employee is likely to know.
Once the employee sees the email from a familiar source, they might be tempted to open an attachment. If that occurs, their computer could be compromised, allowing the hacker free access to all kinds of pertinent company information, including potentially customer data.
Don’t Overlook Your Home Devices
The same holds true for consumers at home, meaning they also have to be pro-active in maintaining their private computer information.
For parents, don’t share sensitive computer information (usernames, passwords, online financial accounts etc.) with your kids until they are old enough to understand the importance of keeping such details private.
Lastly, make sure you update your computer software regularly.
Keep in mind that cyber-criminals are always looking for ways to beat the system, so it is important that you stay one step ahead of them.
It only stands to reason that online usage (computers, hand-held devices etc.) is only going to continue growing in the years to come.
With that in mind, be sure that your computers (for business or personal use) are protected from the minute you log-on, allowing you to keep the cyber-criminals at bay.
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