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Living in a digital age where you have different online accounts which you access with different passwords, it has become increasingly challenging to keep your private information secure. Whether you’re making use of a newly purchased device or making use of the laptop hire facility offered by your local tech rental agency, password protection remains crucial.
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7 Point to Consider Regarding Your Password Security
Does it seem like a mission to keep changing your password for your different accounts or devices? Do you often use the same password for multiple accounts?
Cyber experts agree that one of the ways to keep information as secure as possible is to continuously change your passwords. Here are a few points to consider regarding password security.
The 90 Day Rule
Experts suggest that changing your passwords every 90 days will put you less at rest of hackers compromising your information. As tedious as it may seem if you have many accounts, it still needs to be done.
You probably have multiple accounts across various platforms, each with its own password. You may be tempted to use the same password for each account because it’s easier to remember. However, by doing this you’re putting yourself at greater risk of total compromise.
Avoid Easy or Common Passwords
It’s tempting to use your newborn’s name or birth date as your password. Unfortunately, if your information is compromised, it won’t take a hacker very long to crack your passwords. With the pictures and information we post so readily on social media, it’s easier for cyber criminals to have access to or basic information.
Avoid System Generated Passwords
One of the most common passwords in the world is PASSWORD1. Often we select a system generated option to create an account. If this is the case, change the password immediately once your app or account is activated.
Old, Lost or Sold Devices
Always remember to deactivate accounts on old or sold devices. If your deice is lost or stolen, change all your passwords immediately. This includes accounts that you may not have used on that particular device. As a safety precaution, rather be safe than sorry.
When creating your various passwords, use long, nonsense phrases that would be impossible for someone else to guess. Include symbols, numbers and a variation of lower and uppercase letters. Avoid reusing passwords. Switch it up using different variations of your password, but again, in a manner that is not easy to guess.
The golden rule of password protection is to never share your password with anyone, for any reason. If for whatever reason you do give your password to a relative or friend, to help you out with something for instance, it’s vital to change it afterwards, as soon as possible.
Password security is one of our strongest defences against cyber criminals obtaining our information for illicit purposes. By following a few guidelines and precautions, you’ll keep hackers away from your personal data. And you’ll sleep soundly at night.
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