FRIDAY, 6 March 2015 DOMAIN NAME WIRE
PasswordDomain theft is rampant, and a key way domain names get stolen is when domain name registrar login credentials are phished.
I’m vigilant about monitoring emails for suspicious links and alerts. But with so many emails and accounts to manage, avoiding phishing schemes is a growing challenge.
Here’s one tool to combat phishing: password managers.
The primary purpose of a password manager is to remember online account passwords for you. You don’t have to remember dozens of passwords or write them down on a pad of paper. Instead, password managers such as Roboform save the passwords for you.
A side benefit is that many of these managers can save you from entering your login credentials at a phishing site.
Software like Roboform will only prompt you to submit your password on URLs that match the site on which the password was originally saved. If you show up at what you think is GoDaddy.com, but Roboform doesn’t show a saved password, then you’re probably on an imposter website.
Password managers certainly come with their own security issues. For most people, however, they are a security improvement. They enable you to use stronger and unique passwords at each site you use, taking out the human limitation of memorization.
And if you do accidentally cough up a password, using two-factor authentication will make it much harder for the thief to use it.