As stated before, I have worked in IT for a long time. In that time there have been several instances where I have had a need to ask a user for their password to log into a computer, email account, or other account for troubleshooting purposes. Very often, what the user gave me was something super simple that in some cases I remembered after putting it in twice. This is bad. Very bad. Your password should be something that you know well, but others cannot guess or catch on to. Here are a few tips:
- Never make your password your name
- Never make your password your child’s name
- Never make your password or PIN number your birthday
- Never make your password too short
- Never make your password something that those close to you can guess easily
- Do make your password very secure
- Do mix letters and numbers to create an affective password
- If you do want to use a play on names, make sure to mix it up with a play on numbers as letters, etc.
- Do have different passwords for very important things like your bank account and your utility bills.
- Do use separate passwords for things work related versus personal.
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