One of the first lines of protection for the information you store in cyberspace is your password. Be sure to guard it closely at all times. You can also use the following tips to help make your password more secure:
- Make your password difficult to guess. Avoid using any part of your name, your birthday, or any words that can easily be associated with you. Don't use children's or pet's names either.
- Use a combination of letters and numbers, and a mix of lower case and capital letters.
- Never share your password with anyone.
- If you think someone may have your password, change it immediately.
- Never use your email address as your password.
- Change your password regularly.
- Use a different password for every online service you log in to.
- Avoid writing your passwords down where they may be compromised.
- You can further protect your passwords by making sure that your virus-scanning software is kept up to date, and by running anti-spyware programs. These programs can help protect you from viruses or other malware that could compromise your identity even though your computer may seem to be working fine.
If you use Microsoft Windows, make sure your Windows updates are enabled to help keep your operating system protected. You can learn more about Microsoft Windows updates at www.microsoft.com.
Use extra caution when entering your password on a computer that does not belong to you. Viruses, spyware, or the browser’s settings might be used to compromise your account by recording your user name and password.