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Your passwords are the first line of defense against the cyber criminals. It’s crucial to pick strong passwords that are different for each of your important accounts and it is good practice to update your passwords regularly. Follow these tips to create strong passwords and keep them secure.
Use a unique password for each of your important accounts like email and online banking. If you choose the same password for each of your online accounts a criminal could gain access to it causing all of your accounts to be compromised.
Create secure passwords by using the first letter of each word in a simple sentence. Include upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers. For example:
I like traveling with my five great kids! Your password could be: ilTwM5Gk!
Don’t use this example because it appears on my website for all to see. A password as complicated as the one above will be very difficult for any unscrupulous computer user to guess or to crack but remember that passwords are “Case sensitive” and if you enter the information in the wrong “case” (Upper or Lower Case) it will not work.
You could set up a sentence that relates to email for your email password or your bank account. Using a sentence this way instead of names, birthdays and other personal family information, secures your important information and reduces the risk of infiltration into your precious data.
Create sentences that you will remember and keep them in a secret place that isn’t easily visible or accessible. If you can remember them without typing them and saving them on to an external drive or document, it’s even better! If you need to write them down make a second or even a third copy of your passwords and keep them in several secret places. Don’t give them to anyone at any time for any reason.
If you have an eBay or PayPal account, an automatic security number can be obtained in the form of an APP that you can download on your iPhone, without charge, from the APP Store. The request for this number will appear each time you sign in to eBay or PayPal and the number will change, automatically, each time you open the APP on your iPhone. Call PayPal to set up this security system. This is a wonderful way to secure these two accounts so that nobody, not even the account holder, will have entry without typing in the security number.
If you do not have an iPhone or iPad, you can obtain a credit-card style security access that will also change the access number each time you wish to enter your account. I find that both of these means of security to be excellent and I never need to worry that my accounts will be compromised.
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