Protect your passwords
If you keep hard copies (paper) of your passwords, make sure to put them in a secure place. If someone copies them, they can access your private accounts to steal your identity, drain your bank account or do other significant damage. In order to make your passwords as secure as possible follow, these recommendations:
- Use passwords that have at least eight characters and include numbers or symbols
- Don't use your personal information, your login name or adjacent keys on the keyboard as passwords
- Change your passwords regularly
- Do not use the same password for each online account you access
You should also be very careful about giving out personal information online, especially credit card or banking information. Make sure you know where your information is going before sharing it, and ensure that you make all of your online purchases via secure services.