Passwords protect your most sensitive personal, financial and business information. Passwords are the key to accessing your accounts, without them most of us will be locked out of our account. Passwords have become even more important since our reliance on web services has increased. Most of our common daily tasks such as banking, shopping, investing and dealing with our governments, can now be done online.
Companies are pushing their customer to use online services instead of going to a local branch. With governments departments doing the same. It could be a membership, financial such as your bank account, and other web sites that you are a member of. All sorts of chaos can occur in your life if someone discovers your password. A strong password is a essential. But not to worry, we are here to give you some tips for making that event less likely.
So, below is our ’10 Steps To Secure And Manage Your Passwords’, if you think we have missed something write a comment with what we should add and why.
10 Steps To Secure And Manage Your Passwords
1. Don’t use easily guess passwords like a date of birth, spouse, child’s or pet’s name. In fact, don’t use any word or phrase that even remotely relates to you. You should use a password which is difficult for anyone to guess. But a password that is not hard for you to remember.
2. Use a combination of upper and lower-case letters, symbols and numbers to make the password harder to guess. Some web sites do not allow symbols, so you may not be able to always use them. Almost all web sites treat passwords as CaSe SeNsItIvE so combining these cases is a really good idea.
3. Make your password at least eight characters long. Longer is even better . The more characters there are in the password the harder it will be to guess.
4. Use a different password for each account or web site. That way if one gets compromised you’ll still be protected elsewhere. This can be hard if you have lots of account which need passwords.
5. Change your passwords frequently. Pick a period, like the 15th of each month or every 3 months and change all of your passwords on that date.
6. Do not write your passwords down anywhere. You never know who is checking your drawers or file cabinet when you’re not around. Also, do not store your passwords in an electronic filing device like a PDA. That’s just as insecure as a piece of paper if you lose the device and someone who is less than honest finds it.
If you have too many passwords to keep track of then consider using a password manager program. There are a lot of them on the market but be careful: some of the free ones may contain “adware” which will pop up ads every time you are online. There are some very good password managers below is a list of some of the best and well known:
7. Never share your password with anyone else. If you must, then change it immediately afterwards or before you give it change it. Then afterward you can change it back to the original.
8. Avoid using “dictionary” words. There are password-cracking programs that will check every word in the dictionary. If you want to use words, then break them up with non-word characters.
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For example: BuIlT*99$APPlE is difficult for anything other than the most sophisticated password-cracking program to guess because it is combined with non-alphabet characters and it is in mixed case.
9. Don’t use “password” or “none” as your password! Don’t even use “PaSsWoRd” it is just as bad!
10. If someone calls or sends you e-mail claiming that they are from your bank, or credit card company, or anywhere else that you have a password with, NEVER give them your password or PIN no matter what story they tell you. It’s a scam.
Do not click on any links. If it looks like it from a company that you use, call them or contact them asking about the email. But do not click, reply or forward that suspicion email. No one will ever ask for your password. Legitimate administrators of your password-protected accounts do not need your password to access your files during the standard course of their business dealings with you.
We hope this guide will help you in protecting your accounts and improve your knowledge about account security.