Pass codes and passwords are the key to our devices and accounts. Computers, tablets, phones, emails, social media accounts all hold important private information that you do not want to fall into the hands of people with ill intention. Setting stronger passwords is highly recommended when setting up your accounts and devices. It’s worthwhile to mention some of the simple tips that may help you stay out of trouble.
Birthdays & Other Important Dates
Be it yours, your partner’s, mother’s or any relation’s birthday-birthday combinations are almost always easy to guess by others who know you and even those who don’t! DO NOT use birthdays as pass codes or passwords. It’s not only birthdays- it’s best to restrain from using any notable dates in your life as pass codes. This is not only restricted to mobile devices and online accounts, you should also bear it in mind and avoid using birthdays as ATM PINS.
As much as you may love ‘those’ people, including their names in your passwords may get you in a situation you would definitely not want to be in. Avoid using simple combinations of names as passwords to your devices and services. It’s easier than you think for someone to piece that password together.
Good and strong combinations should generally contain letters (both Capital and small), numbers, punctuation marks and symbols i.e. A$h3_L%&-!@#
Of course you will have to set a password and pass code that’s easy for you to remember, but complicated enough for others to guess.
Don’t make passwords containing your favorite things which people who know you can easily put together. Your favorite towns, cars, books, teams etc. should not be the primary password to your accounts.
Keep them Safe
If you are forgetful, you might want to keep some hints for your passwords. However, it is not recommended that you write down the passwords in full plain text. Hints are things or characters that remind you the passwords, again don’t make things too obvious…
Lastly, you should avoid using the same password for different or all of your accounts. If one account is compromised, it is mostly likely your other one be targeted. It may seem like a lot of work to have so many different passwords for numerous accounts, but well it becomes very natural as times goes by.
Chances of your account getting compromised are getting minimal by the day due to some serious security featured that are being added to many online and banking services, but that does not guarantee anything. So it is still necessary to take precaution handling your pass codes and passwords to avoid unauthorized access and its consequences. When it comes to your accounts’ safety, don’t be naïve, do as much as possible to keep them secure and out of reach for anyone who has ‘other ideas’.
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