Tips to Create and Manage Strong Passwords
For almost every account that you make online, you are required to make a secure password. Choosing one that's difficult for others to figure out requires the creation of unlikely letter and number combinations. Fortunately, crafting hard-to-crack and easy-to-remember passwords is pretty straightforward.
Tips for Creating a Unique Password
Never give out your password to anyone (except your parents). Never give it to friends, even if they’re really good friends. A friend can – maybe even accidentally – pass your password along to others or even become an ex-friend and abuse it.
Don’t just use one password. It’s possible that someone working at a site where you use that password could pass it on or use it to break into your accounts at other sites.
Make the password at least 12 characters long. The longer the better. Longer passwords are harder for thieves to crack.
Use at least one letter, number and special character in your password. So, you could add an underscore (or other random punctuation) and numbers to create "jecamkje_." Or you can add a symbol to the word to make "houseonspooner#1500."
Keep Your Password Under Wraps. Don’t Give Your Passwords To Anyone Else. Don’t Type Your Password Into Your Device If You Are Within Plain Sight Of Other People. And Do Not Plaster Your Password On A Sticky Note On Your Work Computer. If You’re Storing A List Of Your Passwords—Or Even Better, A Password Hint Sheet—On Your Computer In A Document File, Name The File Something Random So It Isn’t A Dead Giveaway To Snoopers.
Avoid default passwords. Some of them are: password, guest, user, admin. They are widely available on the internet, and are disallowed by many computer systems.
Avoid number sequences. Sequences such as 1234, 911, 112, 31415, 27183, or 0000 can be easily guessed because they are very common sequences.
Log off each time if using a public device or if people are around who can see your password.
Try not to enter passwords into public computers, such as at the library. These often have malware on them that steal passwords.
Avoid entering any password into a device when connected to an unsecured Wi-Fi connection, such as at a coffee shop or airport.
While identity theft is a risk, you don’t need to feel vulnerable or unprotected. Use these tips to help create a strong password, and you’ll not only stand a better chance of stumping an identity thief, but you could also give yourself some peace of mind when it comes to Internet security.
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