We would like to remind you of two important security points to avoid future problems such as hacking your accounts, theft of your personal data, etc :
1. Use a good antivirus
There are many antivirus programs, both free and paid, although you should note that free antivirus programs are usually slower to update their virus database, and it’s often much less complete. In addition, some important options are missing in the free antivirus programs, such as protection against ransomware and spam, which is why it’s always better to opt for a premium antivirus, so here are three that we recommend :
- Avast Internet Security : €59.99/year - See the offer
- Kaspersky Internet Security : €49.99/year - See the offer
- BitDefender Internet Security : €44.99/year - See the offer
2. Choose secure passwords and protect them
Unfortunately, we still see all too often customers who use very simple passwords such as the first name of their child or their pet, their birth date, the name of their website etc. and keep them in a simple text file on their computer !
These are two big mistakes; today there are many solutions to :
- Generate secure passwords
- Protect your passwords
Generate secure passwords
You can find many online tools to generate your secure passwords. Here are three we have selected :
If you’re like us and need to create passwords regularly, in a very simple and quick way, we recommend the plugin The Password Genie !
Protect your passwords
Again, there are very good tools to keep all your passwords encrypted on your computer or in the cloud, and they also often have the advantage of being able to pre-fill in, or automatically fill in, the login forms on websites, so you absolutely don't need to remember your passwords any more, and thus have simple 5-character passwords !
Like antivirus, the best options usually have to be paid for, but it's a small investment needed in 2018 !
Here are four interesting solutions we’ve selected for you :
- 1Password - starting at $2.99/month
- LastPass - from $2/month for 1 user
- Dashlane - starting at $0
- KeePass - Free
If you’re thinking of using an already secure password, we invite you to go to the following site to see if your password is already part of the databases containing billions of passwords stolen as a result of hacking and which are sold and shared on the web : https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords.
If this is the case, then we advise you to no longer use this password and replace it if you’re currently using it on certain sites, as this means a hacker can potentially use it to try to access your website, Facebook account, email address, etc.
Every day, new viruses and malware are detected and new security holes are made public, so you can no longer afford to avoid these two basic security points ! You shouldn’t forget that all your personal and banking information can be stolen at any time because of an over-simple password, so we advise you to consider the two previous points as soon as possible ! ?