7 Tips to Protect Your Password
Over the last few months, the cyber world has seen an alarming number of security breaches. Many hackers are looking to steal personal information such as credit card numbers, and millions of people have been victimized. The most vulnerable individuals are those with weak passwords. Here are some tips to strengthen your password and get better protection from hackers.
1. Use more than one password
It can be inconvenient, perhaps even annoying, to have a separate password for each of your online accounts. But this is one of the best ways to protect your personal information. When you have one consistent password, someone who steals your password on one website can use it to easily break into other accounts you have across the web.
2. Make your passwords easy to remember
Never share your password with anyone, including close friends. Your password is very personal information and should be treated as such. If you must write down your password to remember it, use pen and paper and hide it somewhere secure. Storing your password on your computer is just asking for trouble.
3. Make the password at least 8 characters long.
Some websites don’t even let you use a password that’s fewer than 8 characters. This is widely considered the benchmark for an appropriately sized password. The rule generally goes like this: the longer the password, the more secure it is.
4. Mix it up
Use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters when creating your password. Special characters include $, #, * and other keys that you must hold down your computer’s “shift” button to type. This makes your password harder to guess. But avoid “words” that are obvious and logical, such as $1ngle.
5. Use a phrase
Instead of using a word, use a phrase or short sentence that is easy for you to remember, but would be extremely difficult for a hacker to guess. For example, “3rd Grade With Mr$ Barber” or “I eat 1 banana every morning”
6. Avoid dictionary words
Some security experts recommend avoiding all dictionary words. Instead, use a misspelled word that is easy to remember, such as “Munkey Barrs” or “Turrfick.”
7. Watch your back
Make sure nobody is watching you type your password in your phone or computer. If you notice someone sneaking a peak, politely ask for privacy. It only takes a moment for someone to steal your password and cause a serious headache. Brought to you by Home First Certified TM