When it comes to passwords, some are very creative while some keep their password hidden in plain sight. With technological advances and the amount of damage that can be done to one’s identity in today’s society, it is very important to have a strong secure password to keep your information safe. We have written some tips to assist you in your password creation — remember, a password is your key to your personal data and should not be found by anyone, at any time.
Some websites nowadays require for you to be creative in order to create an account with them and avoid possible future ordeals. A password should contain all of the following criterias:
- It needs to contain special characters such as @#$%^&
- It must be at least 8 characters long.
- It must not have any common words such as 123, password, your birth date, your login name and any words that can be found in the dictionary.
- A variation of capitalization and small letters
Even if you keep all of the above in mind, it must be stated that your passwords should never be the same for more than one account! It has to be unique for each of your accounts in order to minimize the risk and potential problems that may arise from the breach of one of your accounts. Unfortunately, many people still use the same password for all of their accounts and this causes serious issues not only with personal data, but also in real life with identity theft.
We have found a very useful website that allows you to check the strength of your passwords here: http://www.passwordmeter.com/
This is your first line against intrusion and should be taken very seriously. Even if you think you are invincible to hackers, it can and may happen! If you are browsing through a public computer such as in a library, make sure to ALWAYS verify that your password is not being saved in the login form!
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