Security tips on passwords

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Never write your password down on a piece of paper.

Do not use a word that is in the dictionary for your password.

Do not use your mother's maiden name, your pets name, your partners name, your favourite colour, the words "god", "love", "sex", "12345678", "password123" for a password!

Use a mixture of words, uppercase, lowercase and numbers in your passwords. Some sites allow you to use punctuation.

Maybe you are wondering at this point, why someone might be interested in hacking into your Facebook account as you hardly have bank details there. Well you will be surprised to learn that many people use the same password for more than one website account online. If a hacker gains access to your Facebook account; that may open the door to your Twitter, MySpace, Hotmail, eBay, and PayPal accounts etc.

So, do not use the same password for more than one account online! Use different passwords for each website.

It is essential that you choose a secure password especially if you use a web based email service like Hotmail, Gmail and Live because if your emails accounts are compromised you can bet all you online accounts will be very easily be hacked into as well. For example, if your Hotmail account was hacked, the hacker will be able to see what other online accounts you have by going through your emails. It does not take a rocket scientist to then gain access to your other online accounts like your Twitter account especially, when you hotmail account is linked to your Twitter account. A simple password reset will give the Hacker access to your Twitter account!

Read my blog post on passwords for further reading on password security.

A Good Antivirus

Make sure you have a decent antivirus installed on your system - I recommend AVG Antivirus Professional version 9 that has a special Identity Protection feature remembering to keep your Anti-Virus up-to-date at all times:

AVG Antivirus Professional
http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage


A final word of caution

If you take your computer or laptop in for repair makes sure to delete all your Internet History including cookies. This is in case your accounts automatically login to websites such as Facebook.

The author rob abdul is an ecommerce expert and his role is to coordinate, direct, and integrate the e-commerce web sites, services, and applications for the purpose of smooth business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-customer (B2C) transactions. This includes the development of e-commerce and e-business strategies for leveraging organisational procedures and processes via the Internet. Read more business case studies and see other case study examples on Rob Abdul's site.

 

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