With incredible advancements in technology, the importance of password security could not be more prevalent. Whether you’re sharing your email to take a fun social media survey or using online banking, there are immeasurable ways for your private information to be accessed by hackers. The easiest way to protect yourself from identity theft is to use strong and differing passwords on every account.
The average person maintains 90 accounts or more that require a password. 17.7% of those surveyed said they reused passwords on multiple (if not all) accounts. There are many dos and don’ts to password security. As cumbersome as it may seem, taking the right precautions now will protect you from identity theft in the future.
Do Create Different Passwords: While it may seem like a lot to keep track of, using a different password for every account will ensure that if one of your accounts is compromised the rest of your accounts are not at risk.
Do Securely Store Your Passwords: With a high number of passwords to keep track of utilizing a password manager is key. Your mobile device may have a password manager built in that allows you to choose strong passwords for your accounts and provides you secure access to them when you need them on other devices. You can find other password managers here.
Do Use Strong Passwords: With technology today, your password manager can suggest strong passwords based on the specified password criteria of the account. These strong passwords will be harder to remember but will also be secured in your password manager for easy access when you need it.
Do Use Special Characters and Mixed Letters: If you choose to set your own password make sure to include upper and lowercase letters as well as numbers and special characters.
Don’t Use Personal Information: It’s important not to use personal information as your password. Things like your birthday, your nickname, your address, etc. This information is more easily accessible and can be compromised depending on the amount of your information an identity thief already has.
Don’t Use Sequential Letters or Numbers: This may seem like common sense, however, using passwords like “123456” or “abcdef” are easy to guess and typically the first thing hackers try. You should also avoid using keyboard sequence such as “asdfghjkl”.
Don’t Share Your Password: Again, this may seem like common sense. While you may have people in your circle you can trust, there may be others around you that have ill intent. Keep your passwords to yourself and if for any reason someone needs to access your password secured account, enter the password for them.
Don’t Write Your Password Down: 38% of people surveyed stated that they write their passwords down on a sheet of paper. If you have a password on a piece of paper in your pocket, it might fall out leaving it to be picked up by someone else. The best way to secure your passwords is with a password manager.
In the event that your password is compromised, reset it immediately. If you are concerned that something may have happened to your computer such as malware or a virus, Technology Solutions of Michigan is here to help!
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