Secure passwords everywhere in one afternoon: this is how you do it

Do you really want to get your passwords right? That seems like a lot of work, but it’s actually not that bad. We explain how you can ensure secure passwords everywhere in an afternoon.

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Secure passwords everywhere in one afternoon

Everyone has their own strange collection of passwords. Sometimes there are passwords that you already used as a child. Some passwords have a slight variation, so you only have to remember part of it. Bad news: all these passwords are insecure and therefore easy to hack.

In addition, you probably have passwords that you use for various services. That is also a problem. It happens far too often that passwords leak. It is then very easy for hackers to try your password on all your other accounts, giving them access to multiple places.

In addition, you probably only need a password to access many of your accounts. Any password, no matter how good it is, can leak. A second layer of security is therefore always necessary.

Here’s the plan:

  • A unique password per online account.
  • Passwords that are long, because long passwords are more secure.
  • Multi-factor authentication if possible.

But how do you handle that? It seems like an impossible task to come up with a new password for all your accounts and to remember it. Good news: you won’t be working on it for more than an afternoon.

Step 1: Download a password manager

The first step to getting your password chaos in order is to download a password manager. You’ve probably heard of it and maybe even used it for work. Now it’s time to download a password manager for yourself.

Which one are you going to use? We have listed four password managers for Android for you. These apps can all create and remember secure passwords for you. Read the article to see which app suits you best. Of course, you can also choose to use Google Chrome’s built-in password manager.

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Step 2: Start protecting your password manager

Before you start creating passwords, start with the security of the password manager itself. That starts with the last password you need to remember: that of the password manager. It is smart to use a phrase for this password that only you know and can remember. That phrase could mean anything, even “android planet is a nice website full of good tips.”

Then it is a must to set up 2FA: two-factor authentication. You can see this as a second layer of security after entering your password. This is very important, because all your other passwords will soon be behind this password. If someone gets access to that, literally all your accounts are free.

You can set up 2FA, for example, via a code that generates an authenticator app for you. And yes, we have already listed the best authenticator apps for you.

Pay attention: Make sure to install your password manager on your computer too, so you can log in anywhere with long passwords without typing them. Most password managers have handy browser extensions for that.

Step 3: Start with your most important accounts

Then you go through all your most important accounts one by one to change the password. To do this, you must first log in to that account, go to the settings and choose to change your password.

You then let your brand new password manager generate a password for you. You make this as long and complicated as allowed by your service where you change your password. Then make sure that the password is stored correctly in your password manager, with the correct name of the service and your login name. And immediately see if it is possible to enable 2FA for those accounts.

First of all, consider the following accounts:

  • Bank
  • DigiD
  • Google
  • E-mail
  • Social media

Then think about which accounts you often use, such as streaming services and stores where you regularly shop. But also accounts that you do not use often, but where sensitive information can be found. Like your insurance company. Do you no longer know which accounts to adjust? Only do this when you log in somewhere for which you have not yet changed the password.

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Step 4: Do it right immediately with new accounts

From now on it is very easy to create and save a secure new password when creating new accounts. It may be tempting to use a short, familiar password every now and then, but the great thing about password managers is that they can fill in passwords for you from now on. That is always faster than typing yourself. So you no longer have an excuse to use a unique and secure password for all your new accounts.

All about security and privacy

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