SplashData offers these tips for users that wish to create a secure password:
- Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters. One way to create longer, more secure passwords that are easy to remember is to use short words with spaces or other characters separating them. For example, âeat cake at 8!â or âcar_park_city?â
- Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites. Especially risky is using the same password for entertainment sites that you do for online email, social networking, and financial services. Use different passwords for each new website or service you sign up for.
- Having trouble remembering all those different passwords? Try using a password manager application such as 1Password that organizes and protects passwords and can automatically log you into websites. The downside is that using a password manager isn't always possible and it isn't always practical either.
a knowledge factor ("something the user knows"),
a possession factor ("something the user has"),
and an inherence factor ("something the user is").
This is how 2-factor authentication works: The user enters their user name and password combination as they normally would. A code is sent from the service to the userâs phone or a preapproved app. This code can then be entered as the secondary authentication and access is granted.
How does this protect users?
If hackers were to gain access to a password (keylogger, sniffer, stolen laptop, etc.), they will still be unable to access the account because they will need access to the userâs mobile phone as well. The best way to prevent unauthorized access to your account is by the creation of strong passwords. The constant changing of passwords can prevent continued access if a breach occurs. Data remains secure because the 2-factor authentication makes it very hard for hackers to access an account.
Instructions on how to setup 2-factor authentication for Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/help/363/en
Instructions on how to setup 2-factor authentication for Google Drive and other Google services: http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=180744
The cloudHQ service offers a secure backup by creating and maintaining a secondary copy of all of your data. Replication is automatic and continuous so it operates completely invisible to the user and runs in the background, automatically updating in real-time as changes are made to the data.
As an example, letâs say you have anEvernote account and wish to use cloudHQ to provide a secure backup of your Evernote data. The first step is to create two Evernote accounts. One will be your primary Evernote account while the other will be your backup account. The cloudHQ service provides a continuous replication of all data from your primary Evernote account to your secondary Evernote account. If hackers were to gain access to your primary account, data deletion could occur (even data from the Evernote trash), but the backup account will still contain all your data intact.
As a lawyer in the cloud, keeping your data protected is first priority and this can be accomplished by creating a strong, secure password and implementing strong security measures. If the unthinkable happens, however, cloudHQ will be your law firmâs protector by ensuring that there is no data loss.
- Security experts laud Apple for following Microsoft, others on two-factor authentication (computerworld.com)
- Apple adds two-factor authentication to Apple ID (zdnet.com)
- Evernote planning two-factor authentication following hack (pocket-lint.com)
- Apple adds two-factor authentication to iCloud and Apple ID (p30guide.wordpress.com)
- Evernote plans two-factor authentication following last week's hack (engadget.com)
- FBI Gets Bitten by Operational Security (veracode.com)
- Apple Adds Two-Factor Authentication to Apple ID, Here's How to Set It Up (lifehacker.com)
- Evernote Two-Factor Authentication Feature Launching Soon (geeky-gadgets.com)
- Why Two Factor Authentication Should be a Part of Your Security Plans for 2013 (twilio.com)
- Apple rolls out two-factor authentication, iForgot service is back up (siliconrepublic.com)