Your password is your proof of identity. When you log in to a computer or web site, you typically provide two pieces of information. These are:
Identification – Your claim of who you are. This typical comes in the form of a user ID or an email address.
Authentication – Your proof of identity. This typically is something only you are supposed to know, your password.
Use Different Passwords
Most of us use one or two passwords for everything. The problem is that if one website we have credentials for is compromised, our overall security is threatened. And, some web sites are just more secure than others. Bank sites are more secure than blogs and social network sites. Using one password everywhere increases your risk of becoming a cybercrime victim.
Passwords Are Foot Prints
You should have at least six different passwords based on website type. Think of your password as a footprint. The fewer passwords you have bigger your footprint, making your confidential information easier to track. When someone is tracking you and you leave giant footprints, you’re just easier to follow. To reduce the size of your footprint, use different passwords for:
♦Work ♦Banking ♦Medical
♦Social Networks ♦Public Email ♦Shopping
Change Your Passwords Frequently
♦Treat your password like your toothbrush.
♦Get a new one every 90 days
♦Don’t share it with anyone else
Use Passphrases instead of Passwords
♦Passphrases are easier to remember and harder to break
♦Passphrases are more complex because of length
♦Because passwords are hard to remember, we write them down, making them less secure.