Web Security: Change your passwords frequently

I’ve just spent a good part of yesterday afternoon changing the passwords to my blogs and my online accounts like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and others. I’ve got a lot of accounts so this took some amount of time to complete. Was it a big pain in the tail? Yup. So why do I do it? Because it’s a good way to keep your information online secure. Lots of people are reporting that their Facebook and Twitter accounts are getting hacked and one way to avoid that is by frequently changing your passwords. Yes, it’s a pain, but it’s an even bigger pain cleaning up the mess caused by someone hacking into your account.

Another thing to remember. Don’t use the same username and passwords for everything. Yes, having everything the same makes it easier for you to remember your password. It also makes it a lot easier for a potential hacker to hack into all of your accounts.

You also want to make sure that you create a password that is harder from people to guess. Adding a combination of letters, numbers and symbols always helps. You can check out a previous post I did on how to create a secure password.

If you have a lot of passwords, you can try organizing them by using a password program like RoboForm if you are a PC user. I use a simple spreadsheet that I store on a thumb drive that I keep locked up. I only take out the thumb drive when I need to remember a password that I’ve forgotten. RoboForm also works on a thumb drive as well.

So, take some time to mix up the passwords to your online accounts. You’ll save yourself some heartache later.

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