9 Ways to Secure your Passwords!
- Use different passwords
Make sure you use different passwords for each of your accounts.
- Remember to log off
Always log off if you leave your device and anyone is around—it only takes a moment for someone to steal or change the password.
- Keep your anti-virus up to date
Use comprehensive security software and keep it up to date to avoid key loggers (keystroke loggers) and other malware.
- Avoid using public PCs
Avoid entering passwords on computers you don't control (like computers at an Internet cafe orlibrary)they may have malwarethat steals your
passwords.Avoid entering passwords when usingunsecured Wi-Fi connections (like at the airportor coffee shop)hackers can interceptyour
passwords and data over this unsecured connection.
- Never share your password
Don't tell anyone your password. Your friend now might not be your friend in the future. Keep your passwords safeby keeping them to yourself.
- Change passwords regularly
Depending on the sensitivity of the information being protected, you should change your passwordsperiodically, and avoid reusing a password for at
least one year.
- Use easy to remember, hard to guess passwords
Do use at least eight characters of lowercase and uppercase letters,numbers, and symbols in yourpassword. Remember,the more the merrier.Strong
passwords are easy to remember but hard to guess.Iam:)2b29! This has 10 characters and says "I am happy to be 29!" I wish.Use the keyboard as
apalette to create shapes.%tgbHU8*- Follow that on the keyboard.It's a V. The letter V starting with any of the top keys.To change these
- Keep tip sheet
You can also write a "tip sheet" which will give you a clue to remember your password, but doesn'tactually contain your password on it.
For example,in the example above, your "tip sheet" might read "To be, or not to be?"
- Check password strength
Check your password strength. If the site you are signing up for offers a password strengthanalyzer, pay attention to it and heed its advice.