Everybody is online today. And I don’t just mean that we’re all currently surfing the internet (though that is also true). What I mean is that we all have profiles on a number of different site and that we’re all plugged in, ALL OF THE TIME.
So how can you stay safe while you’re on the internet? Well the first step is to make sure that your passwords are strong and secure. Consider this story (by Sharon McGinley from Tennessee), that I read on the Reader’s Digest website:
While he was visiting, my father asked for the password to our Wi-Fi. “It’s taped under the modem,” I told him. After three failed attempts to log on, he asked, “Am I spelling this right? T-A-P-E-D-U-N-D-E-R-T-H-E-M-O-D-E-M?”
Check out some of these ideas when you’re creating your passwords.
#1) Don’t Just Use One Password
In the video below, Grant Thompson suggests that you make at least three passwords: one for your bank, one for your friends (social media), and one for your e-mail. I fully agree. Only having one password for all of your online profiles
#2) Create Passwords That Are Hard For Others To Guess
Don’t just use your pet’s name or your children’s birthdays. If someone is digging into your life so that they can learn more about you, steal your identity, or steal money from you – there is a good chance that they will know the names of all of your pets and know a few things about your kids. Instead, try to use anagrams and other codes.
#3) Include Numbers, Capital Letters, And Symbols
Make sure to include a couple numbers, at least one capital letter and some symbols. Using this adds more variables to various password configurations, which will make it harder to guess your password.
#4) Make It At Least 8 Characters Long
The shorter your password, the easier it is to guess what your password is. It’s as simple as that. As of right now the best number of letters is at least eight.
#5) Careful What You Click On
Be careful of what you click on. There are a lot of phishing going on, on the internet. For example, when you’re on a website that you visit regularly and an ad pops-up asking for your password, don’t just click on it. Make sure that the website in the address bar is correct.
#6) YouTube Suggestions
Check out this great video on creating strong passwords.
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