Using & Choosing Strong Passwords To Avoid Identity Theft

As my first weeks blog assignment relating to Fraud, Phishing, and Identity Theft; I chose to talk about passwords. Passwords are one way of protecting our data and systems from Identity Theft. You could be a victim of a hackers that reads and/or deletes your files when you are browsing the internet. Hackers can use your computer to do illegal searches and send malicious data and or viruses to end user of their choosing. Sometimes banking institutions or local police or government agencies. They can also collect passwords stored on your computer without your knowledge.

This blog was prompted by a remark made by a team member at my job yesterday. Her password had been changed by our MIS Department and though she did not share what it was, it was very apparent to me that it was some obscure letters and characters she was sure she would never remember.

All of us that use computers (including you, if you are reading this) need to remember several passwords for different programs and applications whether at work or home.

I personally like using sentences as prompts to remember passwords like: “Strong Passwords are very important to use” would be SPavi2u

Here are some other tips I gathered that I believe make sense and might be helpful to you if you are struggling for new passwords, or a way to remember them.

  • Use strong passwords, at least 8 characters long
  • Never use name, address, or birth date
  • Do not use children, grandchildren or relatives names
  • Use upper case, lower case, numbers, and special characters or symbols ((!,@,#,$,%, etc.)
  • Avoid Dictionary words

http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/security/worksecure.aspx#fbid=kSRZw329kjz 

 

“10 ways to work more securely”  Microsoft, n.pag. © 2012                                                                      

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