Monday, March 21, 2016

#SPONSORED: Smart Ways To Improve Your Password Habits

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular Customer for 15 years.

OK~ Online safety is something that I am extremely passionate about. A simple way to keep your family in check, is to utilize this Parent/Child Agreement app that is easy to use.The offline conversations are just as important, as the online conversations that parents have with their kids.

How are your password habits? Did you know that 12345 is not a good choice for a password? We have some tips to keep your family in check, when it comes to being safer and smarter online. When protecting valuable information, those passwords share common patterns, creating vulnerability across the various accounts we all use every day, ranging from the ones that need to be most secure, like bank and credit cards, to social media sites or free subscriptions. If one account gets hacked, all accounts sharing the same password and email are at much greater risk. Be smart and make it difficult for the criminal to have access to everything.



In a recent Harris Interactive Survey, it indicated that 59 percent of adults admit to reusing a password, including home computers, work computers and smart devices, like the Samsung Galaxy Edge 6. See how easy this makes things for the bad guy? Here is a solution for you. Check out these apps that will help you organize your passwords.

LastPass

This trusted app provides users with a secure vault and organization of accounts for user preference. Its features also allow for easy transitions between accounts on the same site. Like many other password management apps, LastPass can also keep track of credit card information, audit account passwords, record secure audio notes and more. Premium features for $12 a year include a shared family folder, unlimited device sync, multi-factor authentication and access to accounts from any device or computer.

Keeper

As the number one most downloaded password management app, Keeper provides users with the ability to manage passwords across various accounts. Keepers free version provides local password storage and use on one device. A $29.99 per year subscription is required to access many of its quality features. Those include unlimited password storage, secure online storage for photos, videos and documents, and access across multiple devices, along with the ability to share the information with other users. Those with a subscription can also set up a finger print login for quick and secure access to their account.

Dashlane

Dashlane is another great option. It's rated among the top password manager apps and is listed as Editor's Pic in the Google Play Store. In addition to creating complex passwords for accounts, Dashlane acts as a digital wallet to make secure on-the-go payments and provides security breach alerts for usernames and passwords. Offered for $39.99 per year, the premium subscription allows syncing across devices, securing Cloud backup and accessing information via the web.

Familiarize yourself with these apps, as they can make your online experience online safer and smarter. Since 65 percent of smartphone users always remember to take their device with them when they leave the house. With that mobility and U.S. Cellular's robust network with nationwide coverage, people have embraced their smartphones for shopping online, managing bank accounts, catching up on news and emailing, all while on the go. Some additional steps to keep your accounts safe are simple, such as refraining from connecting in locations offering free WiFi. While it may be tempting to utilize the free WiFi, the connection may not be secure, which can impact your account security if accessed while connected.

Make the time to install these apps and your online experience has the potential to keep you safer than ever before. Remember..... talk to your kids about how they are using their smartphones, as those offline conversations carry a lot of weight when it comes to our kids! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

2 comments:

  1. I think having a way to organize all of my passwords digitally is a great idea! I need something like that. It seems like there are so many places I need a password, and they all have to be complex with symbols and letters, my brain can't handle it! Can't wait to check these apps out!

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  2. I really need to get better about this, even after I wrote my post I'm still being bad. Ugh!!
    Great post.

    Andrea @ mommainflipflops.com

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