Avoid Identity Theft By Securing All Your Passwords
When creating your passwords are you making yourself a target for identity theft? Today many people have their online social media, email, banking, and PayPal account hacked because of their choice of passwords. The stories are all too common; a person lost their identity, lost money from their bank accounts, and compromised all their online accounts.
How can this happen?
Today hackers use algorithms, spyware, adware, and Trojans to get access to your computer. After gaining access they search your computer for passwords that you have stored there. Many people have Internet Explorer save their passwords.
Are You Making These Critical Mistakes When Creating Your Passwords?
1. Creating one password to use on all your accounts
By using one password, on all your accounts makes it easy for a hacker to find your password. To stop hackers from finding your passwords use different passwords on all your email accounts, FB, PayPal, banking, and shopping websites. Create passwords that have upper/lower case letter, numbers, and special characters. Never use birthdays, social security numbers, or names of your family members. Create random passwords and store the passwords in a notebook and not on your computer.
2. When you created your passwords did you use a short password?
When creating your passwords never, use short passwords. Always create long passwords that use the greatest number of characters. Mix up the character, use upper/lower case letter, numbers, and special characters. Make it difficult for a hacker to guess your password.
3. Never use names that are easy to guess
Creating passwords using your children’s names, pet’s names, or your favorite book character are simple to find. Anyone knowing you can easily guess your password. When creating your password think like a child who can’t spell. Create unique passwords that never include words, names, or celebrity names.
4. Never use easy to remember English words or words found in a dictionary
Creating simple, easy to remember English words makes it easy for a hacker to find your password. Stay away from all dictionaries when creating your passwords. Misspelled passwords or passwords mixed with letter, special characters, and upper/lower case letters secure your accounts from hackers.
5. Never use numbers for your passwords
Avoid using your telephone number, address, birthday, anniversaries, and social security numbers. Number combinations make it easy for a hacker to find your password. Always, mix numbers between letters and special characters. Never use combinations of numbers followed by a name or a simple word.
- Use 2 to 3 special characters in your password.
- Use upper and lower case letters in your password.
- Mix numbers inside your password.
- Misspell your words inside your password.
- Never use 6 to 8 character passwords.
- Use long passwords that contain 10 to 14 characters.
- Create new passwords for all your accounts.
- Never use the same password on all your accounts.
- Never store your password on your computer.
- Store all your passwords in a secure place.
- If you store passwords on your computer lock and encrypt the file.
- Never use Internet Explorer to remember your password.
- Use a random password generator to create passwords.