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Create strong passwords

Use the strongest, longest password or passphrase permitted. Don’t use passwords that attackers can easily guess, like your birthday or your child’s name. Attackers can use software to conduct dictionary attacks, which try common words that may be used as passwords. They also conduct brute force attacks, which are random password attempts that run until […]

How to easily manage your passwords

Passwords are a pain. Not only do they need to be sufficiently complex to thwart a potential attacker’s brute-force guessing, they must also be memorable enough that you don’t end up having to request a reset each time you forget your login. The most common DIY solution to this problem is to simply recycle the […]

Find out if you have been breached

Data breaches are common occurrences these days. It’s possible and perhaps likely that one of your accounts has been compromised. But how would you know if that’s the case? Often, the service in question will send you an official notice disclosing the breach. You can also use sites like BreachAlarm, LifeLock or Have I Been […]

Why you need strong passwords

You probably use a number of personal identification numbers (PINs), passwords every day: from getting money from the ATM or using your debit card in a store, to logging in to your email or into an online retailer. Keeping track of all of the number, letter, and word combinations may be frustrating at times, but […]

Try using emoticons in your passwords

How do you create a password that’s both strong and memorable? A password generator helps, but you can also use tricks to make the process easier, such as using emoticons. Inserting a “:)” or “:P” is a clever way to add character variety and strength to a password while keeping it memorable.

Don’t give out a password on a phone call

Never supply your current or old passwords to someone on the phone claiming to be from tech support. If you need to reset your password, you can usually do so by clicking a link on the site in question and/or supplying your old password.