If you weren't born yesterday, chances are you have more than one account. And it's also highly likely that you use something like your name, your mother's or father's name, your girlfriend or boyfriend's name, your pet's name, your mobile number, your identity card number and so on as your password. And what's worse is people use the same password on multiple websites.
If you take a look at NordPass' Most Common Passwords List, you'll see Indians (I am an Indian as well) love to use things like 'password', '123456', 'india123', 'Indya123' and 'jaimatadi' as passwords. These are not safe passwords and the fact that people use these passwords on more than one website makes it so much worse! You should instead use something like '9sf%)}I7C._9gx688=oVm8B7DHkw~B/V', made from 8 uppercase letters, 8 lowercase letters, 8 digits and 8 symbols. I know that looks gibberish and you're probably wondering how can people remember passwords like that. The thing is you don't need to remember such passwords. That's what password managers are here for.
In the video linked below, I take Bitwarden and show how you can
- set up Bitwarden for yourself,
- import your existing passwords,
- generate new, strong passwords, and
- log into your accounts with 2-3 clicks
To get started with Bitwarden, go to this page. They also have detailed tutorial videos on their YouTube channel in case you're looking for that. To learn how to use Bitwarden on your phones, check out this page.
Of course, you don't have to use Bitwarden if you don't want to – you can use also use Dashlane, Enpass or any other password manager. Each password manager looks different but the idea remains the same. I have been using Enpass for the past 8-9 years from when I used a Lumia 720 and you can get started with Enpass by going to their homepage. For their detailed guide on how to set up Enpass on your computer, Android smartphone or iOS device, check their detailed user guide.
Lastly, I also pay for Dashlane Premium (because they offer a VPN subscription along with the password manager). If you don't care about the VPN, you can get other features of Dashlane Premium for free by going to this website. With the premium, you'll get Dark Web Monitoring, which is a super useful feature in my opinion. I've shared a referral link but I don't get anything monetary out of it. You'll get lots of links like this one online, so if you want to use someone else's link, feel free to do so. Give Dashlane Premium a try, and if you like it, you can refer your friends and family members to use Dashlane Premium as well. Once they create an account, both you and they will get 6 months of Premium for free. For Dashlane user guide, check out this page.
Along with strong passwords, you should also use 2 Factor Authentication on websites that support it (Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram all support it). If you use a password manager that doesn't offer Time-based One Time Passwords (TOTP) or which requires upgrading to premium to use TOTP (Bitwarden, for example), you can use Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, or Authy (I prefer this).
By the way, the video linked above and as well as this article have not been sponsored by anybody. I have had a good experience with these password managers and I have recommend them to my friends and family. These password managers have made my life and the lives of my loved ones much easier.
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