So what's the deal with sharing passwords? Would you give your partner the password for your banking but not your phone? Is laying all your codes on the table a fixture of faith or a massive security risk? While it can help to build trust with a partner, sharing your passwords isn't always the best idea.
We ask some basic questions around a very touchy subject to help keep your security on top. Don't worry — we're not shunning your loving relationship. We just believe in safety precautions no matter what, and you will too once you get a dose of these not so lovely situations.
It's all about how you share them
Sometimes the risk isn't who you share your password with, but how. Sharing your passwords over the internet, whether over unencrypted email or messaging apps, is like sharing them in plain view of the world. The next time you think about doing that, remember that any of these situations can take hold (without you even knowing).
- Your messaging app may not be as honest as you think. A messaging app without end-to-end encryption has full access to everything you send. End-to-end encryption means that the only person who can read your message is the person you send it to. Sounds obvious, right? Not when you consider the genuine possibility that your messaging app could be giving their employees access to your private conversations.
- Man-in-the-middle attack. It's true, attackers' sit' in the middle of an exchange waiting to steal vital information, like passwords, credit card numbers, addresses… you name it. Without end-to-end encryption and zero-knowledge architecture, your credentials could be exposed, and a cybercriminal could be in and out of your bank account within seconds.
The easy way to share passwords securely
The best defense is encryption. A messaging service or website using end-to-end encryption makes sure your data is kept safe from attackers. Password managers like NordPass help you store and send your passwords in full security. With NordPass, encryption happens on your device, scrambling your data into gibberish before it even reaches it’s servers. This way everything you send remains locked, even from us – until it reaches your verified recipient.
Matters of the heart aside, always think twice before you send a password by text or messaging apps. Even if the service offers encryption, subpar ciphers and weak protocols can be broken by even the most intermediate cyberattacker.
Sending a password securely with NordPass is easy. It locks your sensitive credentials in an encrypted vault. You can select them from a simple drop-down list and send in complete confidence.
The internet's primary concern and priority is functionality. Your security and privacy probably aren't. Don't risk all of your accounts over something as small as sending a password.
Download NordPass for free and play your cards right.