What do passwords and dental hygiene have in common?
When was the last time you changed your passwords on your PC?
Do you keep the same password for all your accounts including home and work?
If so you need to change them immediately.
This blog post will help with tips for staying on top of your passwords and make sure that you mange your online accounts more securely and avoid being hacked
Did you know that if any of your personal emails are hacked, your address book including any stored professional email will be exploited for phishing email attacks?
So act now with the following tips.
How to stay on top of your passwords
Never use the same password at work which you would use in your personal accounts.
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A strong password is one that is memorised, never reused and certainly never shared with anyone will make sure your password is a secure one.
The problem we all have is that we all have more than one account and the majority of use do a lot of our daily business on the internet. This means that we have more passwords and we have to make them more complex and so we simply cannot remember them all. So consider a password organiser to help you manage your multiple passwords
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The most common passwords include the following:-
Make sure you do the following
- Don’t use obvious information about you in your password i.e. your children’s names, your birthday, your hobby, your sports team
- Check that the security questions associated with your account do not use any answers that are easy to find through Facebook, LinkedIn etc.
- Use the first letters of a memorable phrase
- You can top or tail the password with a corresponding acronym corresponding to the system you are logging into
- Set yourself a timer in your diary to update as many of your passwords at once. You could use the password change at work as your trigger.
- A lot of websites force you to develop complex passwords with special characters and at least 8 characters, try to adopt this as your personal password standard wherever possible
- Don’t re-use passwords twice for any given system i.e. by changing only one character
Having multiple mailboxes
This may seem counter-intuitive but give consideration to separate email accounts to use for:
- Distribution lists, circulars, newsletters, shopping – this will reduce the amount of Spam and unsolicited emails to your normal mailbox
- Banking and online finance only and make the email address something unique that is not based on your first name and last name – this will help prevent fraudsters from hacking your bank accounts using easily guessed email addresses and also means that you will be able to spot banking fraud emails in your normal email account
Remember your passwords are like your toothbrush – use a good quality one, change them regularly and don’t share!