No matter how great you are at surfing the net, the chances are you are still struggling when it comes to making sure all your data is completely secure. In a world of hackers, spammers and scammers, we all need to make sure that we keep our passwords and usernames safe from prying eyes.
Choosing unique passwords for each of your services
I’m always conscious of keeping safe when I’m surfing. Most people don’t realize just how easy it is for people to pick up your details, especially if you use one single log-in and passcode for every site. Many of us pick something easy to remember such as our birth date or address for passwords, making it easy for hackers to access our data.
There are hackers all over the world trying to break passwords, using the best possible software designed to decipher encryption. Here are ten tips that will make you safer online, when it comes to protecting your data for service such as an online storage…
- Create a new email account using words and phrases that do not include your name or surname. Use an email that is not easily discovered, and don’t share it with anyone.
- Create a new password, which is unique to one single service. A very good password is long; more than 14 characters if possible and it should have letters (lower case and capital), punctuation, symbols, and numbers.
- Write down your password somewhere safe, but never provide it over email or in a response to an email request.
- Don’t access your email account nor type your password on computers that you don’t control. Shared places such as airports, internet cafes, schools or colleges, friend’s computers or public internet hot spots are not safe.
- Don’t trust anyone with your passwords; don’t give them out anywhere. Think of your password as being your online wallet – don’t hand it out!
- Don’t save your passwords in your computer in a file or Word document. A hacker will search there first.
- Every time you want to use a password for another site or service, choose a new one so a hacker can’t access all of your data with a single password.
- Delete emails from your inbox that have information from your bank, other passwords from confirmation emails or anything else that includes your personal information
- Another way to store and remember passwords securely is to use a password management tool. These keep all of your passwords and usernames encrypted and safe for you, and will even automatically fill in your details on sites and applications.
- Learn how to choose effective passwords. Microsoft Windows has a support tool which assesses your chosen password for strength, and won’t accept passwords that don’t meet the minimum requirements.
Although online security may seem tough to get set up, with just a few simple steps you can keep all of your information safe and secure. By implementing these tips, you are well on the way to managing your information as securely as possible.