A friend of mine once said that passwords are like underwear; we need to change them quite often. By changing your password/passwords regularly you make it more difficult for people to find out or guess, thus increasing your level of protection.
If a person steals your password they can use this information to open accounts, purchase goods, apply for credit cards or mortgages. You may not notice until it‚Äôs too late.
Identity theft happens everyday so it is very important to protect your passwords. Never share your password with anyone except in emergency circumstances. If someone knows your password then change it immediately. It‚Äôs best to memorize your passwords and not have software programs save your password for your next visit.
Software programs are easily compromised by password crackers.
Everybody does it, look around your desk, do you have sticky notes or little pieces of paper with passwords on them? This is not a good place to store your passwords. I have seen usernames, passwords, credit card numbers and account numbers scribbled on paper and stuck on monitors and the edge of desks with strangers sitting right next to them.
Make strong passwords, utilizing pass phrases that you can remember. Choose a phrase, song lyrics, poem, book title or something that is important only to you then use the first letter of each word. Next add a special character, number and/or capitalize some of the characters to help make the password more secure. Here‚Äôs an example password: mouse jumped over the cat. Mj#ot3C
What makes a strong password? There are definite dos and don‚Äôts when making up your password.
Protecting your password is very important on the Internet as phishing scams happen daily. Never send your password in email or respond to an email request for your password. Don‚Äôt give your password to someone over the phone. Do not type your personal passwords on computers in public places such as Internet Cafes, computer labs, airport lounges, hotels or kiosk systems. Do not use these systems to check bank balances, business mail, online email or any other places that contain vulnerable personal information.
Strong passwords, protecting those passwords and changing passwords regularly will help keep your identity and accounts safe. Remember passwords are like underwear.