Using the Same Email Password Everywhere
Same Password Everywhere
Using the same email password everywhere doesn’t seem like a big deal at first. It’s a secret that is only in your head. Perhaps you have made up a really long password and you don’t write it down. You rationalize that there is no way that your email login account could be leaked. So you reuse it: for your email, bank, Amazon, and that new food delivery service.
Email Compromise and More
However, if any one of your online accounts are compromised, All of your accounts that share that password are compromised. This happens if the website for your account is hacked or attacked with ransomware. There now exist automatic systems that try to login with compromised or stolen accounts. This means that someone can login as you, and you would not even be aware of it. And this affect not just your email, but every account including the bank. These compromises Hacked website have increased by 17% in 2021.
Fixing the Password Problem
The solution is to always use a unique password for every website and account. However, after a dozen unique passwords, this will be hard to do without using pen and paper (which is not a great idea).
There are two easy ways to fix this. The first is to use a password manager, such as 1Password by Agile Bits. The second is to turn on Multi Factor Authentication (aka 2FA). Most secure web sites will let you get a text message or use an app that has numbers that change every 30 seconds.
Dropping the bad habit of using the same email password everywhere is something you can do with the right tools. These changes will make your company much more secure.
If you would like to learn more about password managers and Multi Factor Authentication for your office, please book your free appointment with our team.