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 "automatically enter passwords," "remember password" or equivalent that many sites and browsers offer. Avoid doing this even on your laptop, in case you usually use it away from home frequently.

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

3 - Always click Exit, Logoff or equivalent

Many people are content to close the browser when leaving a certain site. This is safe most of the time, however, in some cases, simply reopening the page may cause content that you access (your email account, for example) to appear again. If you have passwords stored in email messages, the problem becomes even more serious. One way to ensure this does not happen is to click 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 very important services for you on public computers (for example, the page of your bank account). If unavoidable, make sure the site offers security features (such as SSL protection). Also avoid using your passwords on Wi-Fi networks that you are unaware of.

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 sites offer a feature that allows you to recover your password when answering a certain question. The idea here is to get you to provide an issue for which you alone know the answer. Do not create questions that can be easily answered, instead create questions that only you can answer, such as "What is the name of the girl who was my girlfriend 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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