Stupid Simple Security Tips #7 – You Gott Keep’em Seperated

Stupid Simple Security Tips #7 – You Gott Keep’em Seperated

By Tom Lambotte | January 21, 2021

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If not, that’s ok, here we are.

I haven’t always made the best choices when it’s come to security over the years (like, pretty much…everyone at one point or another).

One step I took early on was for both security and simplification. This was the choice to use different emails, usernames, and passwords for professional and private purposes.

I have my personal email and my work email address. Different passwords for each.

Did you know that your email and password could be circulating online already? If you’ve used the same e-mail address and password to sign into various forums and websites that aren’t too secure, there’s a risk that the security of at least one of those websites was breached and your data among that of many others stolen by hackers.

We know your odds are not in your favor since we have been offering a Dark Web scanning solution to our clients since 2018. Almost everyone has something out there already.

My personal email and password WERE on the Dark Web. So was my wife’s! Luckily, I changed the password before anything bad happened. I admit we both had used the same password and email address for logging in in many places.

This is why it’s super important to separate your business emails and passwords from private ones. And of course, try to use as many different emails and (long) passwords as you can to further minimize risks from security breaches.

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  • January 21, 2021

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.