Tips on How to Protect Your Computer and Online Passwords

Protect your passwords.

Having a good password is not the end of the road for your internet and local computer and data security. You have to make sure you well protect the passwords in your possession since there are some ways they can link to the wrong hands if you do not well protect them.

To help ensure security, passwords should be used carefully. These recommendations will help protect your passwords:

  • Never write down your password, whether on your computer or other documents, some Trojans can link them to the wrong hands if they find there way to your computer

·         Check that your Internet security or antivirus software blocks attempts by cybercriminals to intercept or steal passwords.

·         Never share your password with anyone. If an organization contacts you and asks for your password, even by phone, don’t give them any of your personal details. Remember, you don’t know who’s at the other end of the telephone line.

  • Never use your network logon password for another purpose.

·         If an online store, or any web site, sends you an email confirmation that contains a new password, login again and change your password immediately.

  • Use different passwords for your network logon and the Administrator account on your computer.
  • Change your passwords after a specified period (around50 days) or as often as required in your specific environment.
  • Change your password immediately if you think it has been compromised.

·         You should not  use obvious passwords that can be easily guessed, such as your spouse’s name, your child’s name, pet’s name, car registration, postcode etc.

·         Avoid clicking yes on the dialog boxes which present an option to save or remember your password because the compromise of these passwords is more possible than when they are not stored.

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