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Use different passwords for different accounts and use a password manager

It’s good practice to make your passwords unique across accounts along with a password manager for the sake of security. While password managers usually cost money, they can provide extremely secure passwords that you aren’t required to remember. The software will remember all of them for you and conceal them behind one master password. Just […]

Know what makes a secure password

A strong password includes a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Don’t use any words that can be found in a dictionary and don’t include any personal information such as your name or birthday. These can be easily guessed by simple, everyday cracking software available to everyone.

Put passwords on your flash drives and encrypt them

Due to their small size and potential to fall out of your pocket, flash drives are common objects of theft. Encryption and a password can help to keep the data within the drive safe. It’s long been thought that the more complicated a password, the harder it is for hackers. This once maybe once was […]

Don’t use debit cards to make online purchases

There’s always a chance someone’s trying to catch the financial information you send out. While it’s bad if they get your credit card number, it’s potentially even worse if they have your debit card information. If money is withdrawn from your debit account by a bad actor, there’s probably no getting it back, so avoid […]

Back up your data to multiple devices or services to prevent loss

Hard drives can fail without many, if any, warning signs. To prevent losing important data, frequently back up your data to a cloud service and/or another storage drive. Backing up your data is important, but only if it’s being backed up correctly. If the backups fail, you won’t be able to retrieve your documents. Test […]

Bookmark your main sites to keep dependable links on file

Phishers often drive would-be victims to domains they misleadingly claim are legitimate sites, such as a bank’s web app or an identity verification landing page, requiring you act quickly. You can preempt this line of attack by keeping all your most important sites saved as bookmarks in your web browsers. These bookmarks can provide a […]