Tips to Keep Your Passwords Safe

Secure PasswordToday everything online seems to require a password – from recipe websites to social media to personal investments. It is important to choose strong passwords and change them regularly to keep yourself safe.

There is a real risk to not having a strong password and a stolen password may result in hackers gaining access to your e-mail, your bank accounts, your contact lists and other confidential material that you may have on your computer. Your files may be altered, destroyed or used by another person who likely won’t have your best interest at heart. It’s especially important to use unique passwords for all the really important accounts such as banking, investment accounts, social networks, and email and you should encourage your clients to do the same.

To learn more about how vulnerable your passwords really are, see the MSN Money article on How I’d hack your passwords. While you may not care if your recipes are hacked, a strong password is your first line of defence to keep your important accounts and files safe.

Some tips on creating a strong password include:

  • use special characters such as @#$%^&
  • It must be at least 8 characters long.
  • use numbers (don’t use your birthdate) and punctuation marks.
  • a variation of capitalization and small letters
  • Don’t share your password with anyone else.
  • Change your password regularly, about every six months.
  • Never enable the “Save Password” option online.
  • Don’t leave them out where others can see them.

Check out the CBC Canada article on the Worst passwords of 2011. Make sure yours is not on the list!

 

 

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