- Use long complex passwords.
- Generate and use random passwords yourself.
- Keep your passwords in an isolated safe file. Write if you want. Even better is to spend a few bucks to have a dedicated drive, USB etc.
- Use limited login attempts at all the allowed institutions. It basically means after 3 or 2 or 4 (whatever the set number is) unsuccessful log in attempts, your account will be automatically disabled and you will have to go either personally or call to prove your ID and then get your account reinstated. It seems annoying in the beginning but it is a great tool to protect your ID in the long run.
- Answer security questions in a non traditional manner. Example; Name of the first dog. Traditional answer: whisky. Non traditional answer: Ihadnodog.
- Always keep the current back up out of your computer such as in a USB drive.
- Many experts suggest to use copy+paste rather than typing in the web forms, so follow it when you are logging in.
- Have a real complex master password for any file that you might be using to store and protect your sensitive information such as passwords, security questions etc.
- Often change your passwords. Update your record if you are managing it.
- Always have a working anti-virus program installed. Run the program every few days in manual mode.
- Delete the accounts you no longer need.
- Don’t use any online system to save and protect your data. It might be chrome or internet explorer provoking you to ‘remember’ your login information. It might be a service provider tool as Norton protection. I personally call it a third party dependency and it can restrict, corrupt or disintegrate any time. Your passwords and other information is lost without any back up in this case and worst case now all of it can be available to someone else as well..
- Never use same password for more than one log-in portfolio..
- Do not use easily guessable passwords such as: abc123, 123ABC, 0123456789, XYZ etc. Cyber crime computers attack through the internet and try thousands of password combinations in a minute. They can easily guess the easy passwords and log into your account. The damage can take a-lot to repair in this case!.
- Do not use a computer to generate random passwords.
- Do not give access to unknown apps through social media.
- Avoid using public computers in libraries, schools, restaurants, hotels etc. If you do have to use it, un-check the “remember me” option before you log-in and clear up everything after use such as cookies, history etc. Make sure you are allowed to clear it and you are not violating any public institution policy.