One of the keys to protecting your identity is to simply not make it easy for someone to get your information.
One area where people make mistakes is with their internet passwords. Some people use really simple passwords and they use the same ones at different websites.
You need to use a variety of different passwords and don’t share them at multiple websites.
It can be okay to use the same password at different websites if those sites are purely recreational. If they don’t have any financial or personal details on them, you can use the same password in order to make your life easier, but do not share passwords at any important site.
If you use the same password across different websites, someone might learn your password at one site and they may be able to get into your account at a different website. That’s not good.
These people might be an outside hacker who gets into a company’s database and gets access to a whole group of different accounts, or it could be an actual employee of the company who is secretly copying account information to use in an improper way. It happens.
And while you are making unique passwords, be sure to make those passwords strong too.
Don’t make passwords at important sites that are simply made up of consecutive numbers or the name of your kids or family pet. Don’t make it easy to guess what yours is.
Besides being copied or guessed, the third method of acquiring a password is by having it broken by a computer program randomly running through characters in a massive trial and error process.
You can make it difficult for your password to be broken by a computer program in this manner by simply making your password longer.
It’s that simple. It’s math. Professional hackers will tell you that having a longer password is the key to preventing being cracked. Every digit you add to your password makes it much harder to be broken.
And once you get a bunch of logins and passwords, you will need to keep them written down somewhere. Many people will keep this list on their computer. It’s better to have this list on a thumb drive or other external drive that you keep strictly at your home.
You don’t want to keep this list on a drive that you take outside your home in case you were to lose it or leave it at a coffee shop, on the bus or at the airport.
Finally, if you insist on keeping this password list actually on your computer, don’t keep it in a folder obviously labeled “Password List”. Be a little sneaky about it. This is especially true if your computer is portable.
If you lose your laptop, you don’t want to make it easy for someone to spot that password list and log into every one of your accounts.