Tips to keeping your password safe
Your password is the gatekeeper of your sensitive information. From sensitive work documents to banking information. Keeping your passwords safe is paramount and should be taken very seriously.
Here are some tips to keep your passwords safe:
- Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts
Using the same password for all your accounts makes it easy for a thief to access all of your accounts. If they get into your email, it won’t be hard to figure out what sites you have accounts on. The consequences could be devastating If the thief gets a hold of your banking or credit card information.
- Don’t share your password with people you don’t know
I know this seems obvious, but it has to be said. Scammers tend to be smooth talkers and make it seem like they need your password to complete a transaction. A password is something nobody other than you or someone you truly trust should have access to.
- Don’t use common words
If you can avoid words altogether in your passwords, that’s even better. Don’t opt for common sequences of numbers, though. Using common words and common number sequences as a password makes guessing your password so much easier for a thief who is building a shady career on ripping people off, and guessing passwords has become a skill.
- Don’t display a password anywhere on your computer or laptop
even if you think your being clever and have it hidden on the screen or under your keyboard. There is a good chance someone will see it, and depending on that person, the consequences of displaying your password could be heavy.
- Don’t email your password
Suppose you do need to share your email with someone you trust. Don’t email them your password. Now, your password is in an email in your account and in that other person’s email. Not everybody takes extra precautions to ensure they aren’t hacked.
- Don’t type your password onto a device you don’t trust
Using your phone and computer is a pretty safe bet for keeping your passwords in a safe place. However, when using a public computer, do not type your password into it. If you find yourself using a work computer, hotel computer, or a library computer, they are public domain and not safe to type your password.
- Don’t use identifying information as a password
Many people like to use their birthdays, last names, pets’ names, child’s names or some piece of easy to guess information as a password. I get it; it’s easy to remember, but it’s also easy for a thief to guess and decimate your bank account or credit cards.
Some things are too important to risk, and your passwords are one of them. If a thief gets a hold of your passwords, this creates a whole world of problems.