As we store more and more of our personal information in the digital world, protecting those images, accounts, and data with passwords is more important than ever.  While it’s tempting to use PASSWORD to access all your online accounts, the fact is that it’s the first thing that data hackers will use to crack into your private domain.

Protect America encourages you to build a more secure digital world by creating passwords that can better resist a quick attempt to invade your computers and accounts.

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Password Safe

The best way to keep your password protected is to use a digital password safe. There are a lot of advantages to this, but the most important benefit isn’t exactly obvious. One of the most common ways people get their accounts hacked is by keyloggers. So if you get a password safe like lastpass with an autofill feature, then you can’t be key logged because you’ll never actually be typing your password. On top of that, you reduce your risk of being tricked by look-a-like sites because the autofill features will only work on the official site that the account is linked to.

Mix It Up

If a hacker is using an automated program to crack your password, they start with real words and just six digits.  When you use a combination of characters that do not appear in any language, the potential number of combinations skyrockets into the millions, which can slow down the hackers and save your data.  Make sure your password is 12 digits long and is made up of:

  • Letters
  • Upper and Lower Case
  • Symbols
  • Numbers

Change Your Passwords Every 90 Days

Your co-workers are not your most trusted family members. When the staff turnover at work and your password remains the same, a dissatisfied employee can create havoc by invading company files. Keep changing your password and prevent that person who had access once from creating a real problem in the future.

If your password is stored online and that database is breached, but the criminal doesn’t start hacking into accounts for six months, you are protected because your password changed. Great job!

Even at home, if your teen manages to crack the code once, the next time they will encounter a solid wall of confusion–and your adult content remains in the hands of adults.

Do Not Duplicate

You have an awesome password! Great! Except it works for all your accounts. Now, if you had a separate password for each account, that hacker would have to spend another week cracking into your bank account, and then another week working on the retirement account and so on. They might even give up and look for somebody who left their password as 123456.

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Never Share

Especially in work environments, it is very tempting to give up your cryptic password to a co-worker.  However, if you broke any of the rules above and left your work computer with a simple 6-letter word, you are leaving your means of support for your home and family at risk.  Always login yourself and then share screenshots with interested parties. They can wait.

Of course, you will never write down your passwords on a pad of paper that can be found by a burglar.  Check out some password management systems to help you keep track of all the different codes and accounts. Last of all, make sure to include your home security passcode on that 90-day update system, so that plumbers, babysitters, and even unwelcome relatives can’t show others how to break into your home.

Need a home security system able to stand up to today’s smarter criminals? Give Protect America a call today to discuss products that are better able to protect your home and family.