The Digital Age is upon us whether we like it or not. One of the biggest sweeping changes to our lives the past 3 years has been “cloud ubiquity” — cloud based applications and services are being thrown at us from every device and from every direction. Whether you access applications from mobile devices or your desktop, they all want your username, password, email address and many of them want to share your information to make your life easier. With so much information stored in so many places, the shift to the cloud has made digital security ever more pressing.
If you are like most people, you use the same “credentials” with each service — spreading your “digital identity” across the table (and if you’re like far too many people, you use a very weak password). If you’re one of these people, then once a security breach occurs in any one of the services you use, chances are those who now have your credentials can use them with success at any other service provider you engage with — such as your bank or social media accounts.
What can the average person do to maintain digital security?
Instead of bothering to create unique and complex alphanumeric passwords for each service you use, Centric Digital recommends using a password management system such as Lastpass. Lastpass will store all your passwords in one place and also creates unique passwords for you. All you have to do is setup one strong primary password for Lastpass, and it will do the rest. One of the most useful digital security features is automatically logging you into systems, preventing you from typing your passwords over and over again — a convenience that also avoids keystroke loggers, especially when you are not on your own system.
Personal digital security may seem to be intimidating as more sensitive information is stored in the cloud, but it doesn’t have to be hard.