One of the most effective ways to protect personal information and data on electronic devices secure is by using passwords. Passwords prevent others from accessing your devices and help reduce the likelihood of obtaining information you do not want them to have. However, passwords do not always provide a 100% protection if you are not practicing proper password etiquette.
Therefore, it is vital you take the time to evaluate your passwords and determine what steps you need to take to further increase security and protect your data and personal information, by asking yourself these questions:
How complex is the password?
Passwords should be at least 8 characters long and incorporate a combination of numbers, special characters and upper and lower case letters.
How many different passwords do you have?
You should never use the same password for every single device, website, and so on. It is better to have single password for every site, app, and device you use.
When was the last time you changed your password?
Ideally, you should get in the habit of changing your password every 30 to 60 days. Just avoid incremental passwords, where you keep the same password but add a 1, 2, 3, or other number at the end.
What sort of personal information could someone learn about me on my social media sites?
The reason you want to review what information is on your social media sites is because someone could easily learn the answers to any security questions you use with certain sites or apps, as most security questions ask common questions, like what high school you went to, your favorite author, and so on.
When entering responses to security questions, just like your password, incorporate numbers and special characters. If these are not allowed for the answer, choose more difficult questions from the list that people would not be able to answer if they had access to your social media sites.
Do you write down your passwords and keep them on/near your devices?
If you answered yes to this question, you need to stop this practice immediately. Tear up the password list and get rid of it. You should never, under any circumstances, write down passwords and keep them on a list near or on your devices. Rather, it is better to create a list of “password reminder tips,” which is a list of questions you create to help you remember your passwords, but the questions should not contact the actual password or any portion of it.
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