In the Age of Information, being able to properly protect that information goes hand in hand with its increasing value. As a result, it’s a smart idea to use the most secure and simplest means for protecting that data as you possibly can. Fortunately, there are a few such means now currently available.
Secure Password Software
It’s an unfortunate truth that the best passwords are often the hardest ones to remember. Fortunately, there are a number of tools you can use available online that will help you with this particular problem. Generally, password managers are the way to go for secure data. It’s not like you’ll always be able to remember the string of numbers and letters that is long enough for you to forget, but also long enough to be truly secure. But a password manager will allow you to only need to remember one password, the one that unlocks your password on your home computer. Then you can just copy and paste passwords you have saved in there for various sites online, which will make them virtually impossible to break. Just don’t forget the main password!
Online Password Managers
An example of something similar to the software manager is one that is Internet only. An example is Supergenpass. This tool uses a bookmarklet that you drag to the bookmarks on your web browser. You then type in a master password in each site you want to set up and make more secure, and the hit the bookmarklet. It will then convert the master password into a complex password using a hash algorithm. The advantage here is that the actual password isn’t actually stored anywhere. It’s totally impossible to get it by digging through your computer files or finding it on a website as long as you don’t save the password on the site. So, click one button and bingo, you have a great password without the hassle.
Sometimes the simplest ways to protect data are the best. There isn’t anything terribly fancy about putting your files on a USB drive, but it’s pretty secure. And if you use a custom flash drive with unique personalize information on it, then it’s even more important to make sure that data is secure. Fortunately, USB drives are hard to access remotely since they spend half the time in your pocket. Many custom USB drives will allow you to add a password to them as well to make them even more secure. Before long we may have even more personalized drives that require something like a fingerprint for you to access.
Another device that’s often used for added security is a USB fob. This has a unique signature on it that when you plug into a device using a USB port, such as your computer, will unlock it. Fobs are also used for accessing electric car recharge units, for example. People use them as electronic keys for entering high tech houses instead of the old fashioned physical kind which are much easier to unlock illegally.
Overall, it’s important to not only make sure your data is secure, but that the security measures you use are easy to use, otherwise you’ll be real tempted to not use them.