There is so much information online, which means cyber security is very important. Passwords are your first line of defense, so in order to keep your information safe, avoid these mistakes.
Using One Password
You need passwords to protect many things, like your finances, subscription services, and your internet. It might be easy to use the same password for everything, but it’s far from safe. Using one password means if one account is compromised, then all of them are compromised. Use different passwords to protect your information, and use a password manager to help you remember them all.
Sharing Your Passwords
Never, under any circumstances, should you share passwords. This can cause a lot of problems, even if you think it’s not a big deal. For instance, if you share your password for a subscription service, whoever has it will have access to your billing information, and the ability to change or upgrade your account. Keeping your passwords to yourself will save you a lot of trouble.
Your Password is Too Simple
Creating a strong password is the key to better protection. It should be anywhere from 12 to 16 characters with a combination of symbols, numbers, and letters. Try not to use birthdays or anniversaries because those dates can be easily connected to you. Random song lyrics are a good choice, and easy to remember. If your password is simple, it won’t take much to steal what it’s supposed to be guarding.
Not Updating Your Password
Changing your password every few months will keep your account more secure. It will protect you from security breaches, and any unauthorized access to your information. If you experience any unusual activity, or viruses on your phone or laptop, it’s time to change your passwords.
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