Tips for creating foolproof passwords [Part 3]

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Part 3: how to protect your passwords - END

1 - Keep your passwords in mind

Avoid writing your password on pieces of paper, calendars, unprotected electronic files or in any medium that can be accessed by someone else. If this is unavoidable, just type the password, do not tell what that combination means. If the amount of passwords is too large, you can use specific programs to manage them.

2 - Do not use the “remember password” option on public computers

On public or office computers, do not use the option to "automatically enter passwords", "remember password" or the equivalent that many websites and browsers offer. Avoid doing this even on your laptop, if you often use it outside the home.

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"Remember password" feature on public computers is not a good idea

3 - Always click on Exit, Logoff or equivalent

Many people are content to close the browser when leaving a certain website. This procedure is safe most of the time, however, in some cases, the simple reopening of the page can cause the content you accessed (your email account, for example) to be displayed again. If you have passwords stored in email messages, the problem becomes even more serious. One way to ensure that this does not happen is by clicking on the links or buttons with the words "Exit", "Logoff", "Sign out" or equivalent. Ever.

4 - If possible, do not use your most important passwords on public computers or unknown networks

Whenever possible, avoid accessing services that are very important to you on public computers (your bank account page, for example). If unavoidable, check that the site offers security features (such as SSL protection). Also avoid using your passwords on Wi-Fi networks that you don't know about.

5 - Change your password periodically

It is very important that you change your passwords periodically, at least every three months. By doing this, you prevent, for example, that a person who has captured your password and is discreetly accessing your account at any service will continue to do so.

6 - Do not use the same password for multiple services

For each service you use, use a different password.

7 - Do not use questions with obvious answers

Many websites offer a feature that allows you to recover your password when answering a question. The idea here is to get you to provide a question whose answer only you know. Don't create questions that can be easily answered, instead, create questions that only you can answer, such as “what is the name of the young woman who was my girlfriend in Mutu Ya Kevelaand?".

8 - Do not share your passwords with anyone

10 - Beware of fake emails or websites that ask for your password

One of the most frequent scams on the Internet are emails that go to websites that go through pages of banks, e-mail, social networks, among others, imitating even the look of the original services. If the user does not realize that he is accessing a fake site, he will end up giving his password and other data to an infringer. So always be aware of details that allow you to identify fake emails or websites, such as non-service addresses, gross spelling mistakes and suspicious requests (for example, recapture).

Always remember that all care is little, even with more news.


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