Password based logins are everywhere on the internet. You use them for your bank account, your email, your social networks and just about anywhere you want to personalize your experience. There are passwords used to log into your computer at school, your online class system and you can even set passwords to protect files on your computer.

With the proliferation of password required access to websites and such you’ll want to follow some simple tips to help your information remain protected and safe. Here are a few tips to help you avoid hacker headaches and paralyzing intrusions.

Post Its: These are not the most secure way to save your password information, especially if you place it on your computer where a would-be hacker can most easily get to it. This strategy may be okay to help family members log into a stationary family computer, but there are better ways if you have a laptop and take it in public often.

Remember Your Password: This is a feature with Internet Explorer and Firefox as well as other browsers. Again, this is convenient, but pretty much defeats the purpose of a password if some gets a hold of your computer. If you are not too worried about the information someone can access by knowing your password this may be alright, but never do this for bank accounts, school accounts or email. You are responsible for what someone does with that information, so don’t make it easy for them to gain access to it.

One Password Fits All: A common practice is to create the same password for all your accounts. This is a brilliant idea…if you want the hacker who figures out your email password to also get into your bank account, Facebook account and more. It’s best to have separate logins for your different accounts online. “But how will I remember them all?” you ask?

Remembering Passwords: Picking a phrase meaningful to you is a good way to do this. You simple mix it with some numbers and capitol letters and viola! Here’s an example. I have a hamster & he likes cheese. I may use the password H4mst3rcH33z3. Can you see it? If this is too much a password file on your computer that itself has a password on it is another option. Just don’t save the file with the name Password in it. Using an Excel file is an option. Then you can put a password to protect the file. Hide it on your computer and they’ll be safer than not.

Remember, when all is said and done, the password is like a lock on your house. People really desiring to break it, can, but if someone is going to spend the trouble, chances are they’ll pick an easier target. By making your accounts harder to hack, you increase the odds of frustrating would-be intruders. Good luck with your online college program & good night.

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