Password Risks

After what I witnessed helping a friend the other day, I need to alert everyone.
We can never assume and take for granted that everyone who has an online presence is technically savvy.
A few examples: Doctors, Plumbers, Electricians, Architects, Hair Stylists and many more.
All these people are trying to land customers, and have a LinkedIn account, a Facebook account, a Twitter account and maybe an Instagram account.
The big risk here is the password use. Was helping my friend to update his Facebook page and noticed something that alarmed me.
He was using ONE yes ONE password for everything. His Bank account, his Social Media pages and his email.
I explained a few things and he thanked me for saving the day.
So here are some basic rules for everyone to follow:

 

  1. NEVER USE ONLY ONE PASSWORD FOR EVERYTHING.
  2. HAVE ONE PASSWORD FOR BANKING, ANOTHER FOR EMAIL AND ANOTHER FOR SOCIAL MEDIA.
  3. NEVER USE YOUR NAME, BIRTH DATE, MAILING ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER AS A PASSWORD.
  4. TRY TO USE NUMBERS AND LETTERS AS WELL AS SOME *&^%
  5. IF YOU ARE NOT USING LASTPASS, CHROME OR OTHER PASSWORD MANAGER: Open an Excel Sheet and create a password list to remember them.
  6. MAKE IT A HABIT TO CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS A FEW TIMES PER YEAR.
I hope that this will help. If you are unsure, or have questions, please fell free to contact me and I will help you with this very important task.
Stay safe in the world wide web everyone!

 

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