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How You Should Be Managing Your Online Passwords

Managing Your Online Passwords

We all have a growing list of online accounts, and therefore a growing list of online passwords to remember. To make things easier, we often use the same or similar passwords—or a set of passwords. I get that this helps with recall, but it’s certainly not the most secure option.

Unique Passwords For Everything

Every single account should have a unique password. Otherwise, if someone hacks your FB password, they can also access your banking info. To make sure you remember your passwords, create a handwritten and locked up—or electronic and encrypted passwords sheet.

An Easy Passwords

No people or pet names, important dates, or series of letters or numbers in your passwords. Instead, think of random word or series of numbers, and make they each contain at least:

  • 8 characters
  • 1 uppercase
  • 1 number
  • 1 symbol

Delete Accounts And Change Passwords

Periodically go through your passwords list, and delete accounts you no longer use. Also, change your passwords at least twice a year—maybe more for sensitive accounts like your online banking or mHealth accounts.

Last but not least, do not email or share your online passwords. If your computer or any of your accounts are hacked, change all of your passwords.

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