I use my password for Facebook, Email, and my Bank account. One thing you should know about me is that, I have an online syndrome called “I care less about myself”. PASSWORD, PASSWORD how I love thee… you’re my online protector, but you are so hard to remember when I need you the most, so I created you to be simple, but you betray me to online hackers.
So enough with the Romeo and Juliet, on a more serious note, your password just like keys to your house should not be left in the door or handed to a stranger.
Online communication requires access walls, these access walls called password are keys to your personal private data. We make online purchases, access sensitive data and share information with friends online every day, it is our moral responsibility to protect not only ourselves but all other’s associated with our online accounts. I put together a basic guide to help you stay protected without all the frustration that comes with hackers.
What not to do
- Do not use your name, child name, pets as your password
- Do not use less than 8 characters for your password
- Avoid using words that can be spelled out (eg. wife, school, love and password)
- Avoid words that describe the website you are using (eg. Don’t use Amazon in your password when create an account on amazon.com)
What to do
- A password must contain a Capitalize letter, number, keyboard symbol and must be 8 characters long
- Get into the habit of changing your password frequently
- Do not use the exact some password for every account you sign up