Our 5 Tips for secure passwords from Frontline Processing
1. Don’t be complacent.
Hacks do happen and you need to secure your passwords now not later. There are several ways that hackers use to get your passwords, including programs that use letter and number combinations to guess your password. Another common method is called social engineering, when a person is contacted and fraudulently asked for passwords. Without realizing it, an employee can divulge passwords when called from someone pretending to be their internet provider or credit card company. In this case you should never provide the info and contact the company directly.
2. Know how to create a “good” password.
Make sure to use a variety of letters and numbers, including occasional capitalization keeping in mind, the longer the better. Don’t use names of your pets or family members, or your phone number and don’t not use 123456 either! Make sure each password is different for each website. It is tempting to reuse passwords just because it is easy to remember, but don’t. You can imagine the nightmare that could unfold when someone has one password and is now able to access many important services you use. Also, don’t forget that your email password should be very secure as email is used most often to change passwords. If you forget your password to almost anything the company emails you a new one!
3. Store all these passwords in a safe place.
Today the average person has over 20 accounts that they access regularly. That is a whole lot of log ins and passwords! (And each one is unique right?!) Are you keeping a list of them sitting around on top of your desk? We hope not. One option is to save them all in a password protected document on your computer or phone, then you only have 1 really important password to remember!
4. Log out!
Another way to keep you password secure is logging out of applications and closing your accounts when you are done using them. It’s a simple step that doesn’t hurt and only takes a few seconds to log back in.
5. Check Your Password’s Strength
If you’ve come up with a few password ideas, why not test them out and see just how strong they are. You can test your password at the website howsecureismypassword.net. The website will tell you just how long it will take for a computer to crack your password. But remember to change your password periodically no matter how awesome your password is.
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