Tech Talk – Protect your passwords
Do you have any good security tips for my computer – specifically my email account and the web-based applications that I often use?
Unsavvy on Security
Yes, I know you try to be savvy about protecting your computer, but even the savviest folks can get burned. Here are a couple strategies that are worth adopting.
Clean out your old and never-mailed contacts to avoid apologizing to them later. Delete any emails, archived or not, that contain passwords, account numbers, PINS … all are an open invitation to hackers. Also, make sure you know how your Web mail provider will reset your account if it was ever compromised. It’s likely that you’ll need an archaic activation code, the answer to a top-secret question, or something of the like.
Most web-based applications offer a fail-safe way to get your password to you if you’ve forgotten it. Some are more secure than others, but most of them ask some kind of verification/security question, pet’s name, etc. The problem is that hackers can figure out these questions pretty easily. A simple technique is to come up with a standard “secret word” to add after the easy to find answers. For example: What was your first pet’s name? Spot Whoop; What is your mother’s middle name? Stella Whoop.
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