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There was a long stretch of time when I used one of two passwords for every last thing I signed up for. Whether it was my login for my online college classes, my email address, my Facebook account, or my Instagram page, I knew that my password would be _____, and if it was not that, it was my other go to: ______. My friends and I joked that if someone wanted to steal our identities, all they would have to do would be figure out what our password was for our computers, and from there, the hacker would have access to just about everything from our social media accounts to our online banking. Now, of course, I know just how dangerous that is, and though it has been more inconvenient and harder to get used to than I would like to admit, no two of my passwords are alike these days. In addition to using unique, hard-to-guess passwords, I also use two-factor authentication where I can. Uncoincidentally, these two things also help keep your website safe and are recommended by Your Web Pro for your website, email, and more.

 

When you are selecting a password for your website, while you may be tempted to make it something easy that you can call to mind quickly, this is a dangerous practice. Your website and all associated accounts such as your email and social media accounts will be kept much safer if you use a password generator to come up with a secure password, which is normally a long string of numbers, letters, and characters. If your password is something like “bailey123!” someone will guess this much easier than they will a randomly generated password. You should also opt for two factor authentication when the option is presented. This requires you to not only enter a password, but also receive a text message, email, or phone call with a code that will allow you to continue in to the site. When I was in college, two-factor authentication meant that every time I logged into my student portal, I also received a phone call and had to enter a code to confirm that the user trying to enter my account was in fact me. A strong password and two-factor authentication keep your site safer.