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Password Management

How to protect yourself online đŸ”‘

Vanja PetreskiVanja Petreski

My approach for password management was simple so far – keeping a few passwords in my head and using them randomly for online services. This is a very bad approach because if one service gets compromised all your other accounts using the same password are at risk. I started receiving suspicious emails/activities for some of my services and my Uber was hacked (lost $300 in one day for rides in Russia – fortunately Uber did chargeback), so it was time to raise security to a higher level. This is my new approach.

Have I been pwned?

Have I Been Pwned is a great service for checking if you are at risk. You can enter your email and/or password and see if services you are using have been compromised. If so, you are at risk and have to secure your account(s).

Antivirus

Even I am using Mac, I wanted to be sure that I don’t have malicious software on my machine. I decided to use Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS). Another good option would also be Bitdefender. Full scan reported and deleted only few adwares. I disabled web antivirus option because it was interfering with some web apps. I don’t see any slowdown with real-time protection.

1password

1password is an amazing app for password management:

Strategy

Conclusion

But don’t forget:

“People are used to having a technology solution, but social engineering bypasses all technologies, including firewalls. Technology is critical, but we have to look at people and processes. Social engineering is a form of hacking that uses influence tactics.”

— Kevin Mitnick

Software Engineer & Digital Nomad

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