The Top Ten Commandments of Password Protection

binary_data_lock100pxProtecting your passwords is a vital component of keeping your online accounts safe and secure. Careless users often find themselves the victim of email or Facebook hacks. Armed with the right information, it only takes a few moments to properly secure your email accounts, social networking profiles and sensitive, web based logins. We have put together a handy list of password protection tips to help you in this endeavor.

  1. Do not use the same password or email account to access multiple sites. For example, do not use the login credentials to access Facebook that you would use to access your online banking account.
  2. Strong, secure passwords are a necessity. Passwords should be a minimum of eight characters and should contain upper and lower case letters and numbers. Don’t use simple words, especially by themselves. PCtools has an online password generator available if you need it.
  3. Use secure answers to security questions. With the advent of social networking sites, it is imperative that you take precautions when setting security / password retrieval questions. A common question is “What is your mother’s maiden name?” The answer to this question wouldn’t be too terribly difficult for a hacker to find out, especially if you don’t have social networking privacy settings secure. Lifehacker has a good guide on how to obscure answers to easy security questions.
  4. Change your passwords on sensitive accounts every 30 to 60 days. (This can be annoying and some experts think it is not necessary if you have a good, strong password in place.)
  5. Never share your passwords with anyone, especially if you don’t follow our advice and use the same passwords on multiple sites.
  6. Consider using a password manager to manage your online account logins.

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Ralph Thomas is author of over 32 books on various aspects of conducting investigations, founder and director of The National Association Of Investigative Specialists,CEO of Thomas Investigative Publications, Inc, The Spy Exchange And Security Center and SpyTek Wholesale Imports. Thomas is a member of the Executive Security Council of Griffith Colson Intelligence Service, a private intelligence agency. Thomas's latest project is NAIStv on the Griffith Media TV Network. He has also developed A Native American Store in Georgetown Texas called Tribal Impressions. You can review his person home page off of: http://www.pimall.com/thomas

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