In the digital age in which we live, it's important to keep every bit of personal information on all your electronic equipment protected. But with so many passwords to manage, it can be tricky to keep everything straight, so here are some helpful tips.
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- According to PC Magazine, the average person has up to 6 different passwords
- The most popular passwords are the word itself, password, ABC, 123, letmein, animal names, birthdays, and family members names, which are way too obvious, so think outside the box so your passwords won't get cracked
- When creating a password, aim for caps as well as lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. The more characters you have, the harder it will be for a predator to get a hold of your personal information. Don't pick a word that someone can easily figure out - for instance, if you're a swimmer, do not use POOL, or SWIM as your password
- Although it might seem safe and smart to use the same password for every application, don't be fooled - it is actually not safe at all. If someone cracks one password, chances are they will attempt to use the same one on other systems, which can get you into big trouble
- It is recommended to change your password every 90-120 days. Since it can be hard to keep track of these every changing passwords, find a safe place to keep them written down (not in your work notebook or under your keyboard!)
Be safe out there everyone and keep your computers and BlackBerries safe!