One of the most common ways that hackers break into computers and mobile devices is by obtaining passwords. Although, I realize that it is easy to have one password for all your sites, this approach significantly increases your risk of identity theft.
Here is my 10 top list of simple password rules:
10 – Do not share your passwords
9 – Avoid using birthdays, family names, addresses, or any other obvious personal information
8 – Include letters (at least one capitalized), numbers, and symbols
7 – Do not use the same password for your e-mail and web based accounts
6 – Do not reuse the same password for all your accounts
5 – Change your passwords every 6 months or as soon as you suspect any unauthorized activities on any of your accounts
4 – Do not respond to ANY requests (e-mails or text messages) for personal information
3 – Do not enter password information at any free wi-fi locations such as coffee shops, public parks, hotels, airports, etc.
2- Always log off when you leave your computer or device, and if you are using anyone else’s equipment
And my number one recommendation:
1 – DO NOT KEEP A LIST OF YOUR PASSWORDS ON YOUR COMPUTER OR MOBILE DEVICE
Some of you may already be using one of the many online password managers. However, the important point is that you have a strategy that you are comfortable with that reduces the risk of being hacked and a victim of identity fraud.