Identity Theft Still Exists: Protect Your Passwords
Identity theft is a continuing problem that isn’t going away. As technology advances, so do the schemes used by fraudsters. It is important to protect your personal information and passwords. Here are a few precautions that can save you a lot of trouble and headache.
- Pick a strong password. Don’t use common words or significant dates in your life. Create a password that is a mix of capital and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols, as the system will allow, so it can’t be guessed easily.
- Memorize your passwords. Do not write them down. If you must in order to remember them, keep them in a locked file or drawer for protection.
Use multiple passwords. This limits the amount of damage that can be done, if one of your passwords falls into the wrong hands.
Change your passwords regularly. If you have had the same password on an account for awhile, it is wise to change it every few months, according to NBCNews.com.