It seems like every day we hear of another computer security breach that puts our credit cards, bank accounts, email addresses and other computer based accounts at risk. While, as consumers, there is little we can to about whatever security the companies put in place to protect us from the bad guys, we can use better passwords for better protection.
But, we are often lazy and use easy passwords. Easy for us, sure; but also easy for the bad guys to break and get into our accounts. Here are five tips for better passwords!
- Use numbers instead of letters. a 3 could be used as an E or a l could be used as a one. O for zero could be used. You get the idea.
- Toss in a meaningless number into your password. “Henry” could become “Hen3ry”. The possibilities are endless, which is a good thing when fighting hackers!
- Mix languages. Add a foreign word to your local language password. “Hola To” is much better than “Hi Tom”
- If you can, add a symbol or two. %,$,* are all good ones.
- Use the first letters of a phrase that has meaning to you. “Hate the sin, love the sinner” would become: HTSLTS. Add a number or two and mix up the upper/lower case, you’ll have a great password.
Just remember that the bad guys are always there, so change your passwords form time to time.
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