Secure Your Passwords and Back Up Your Files
Here are a few principles for creating strong and better passwords and keeping them safe:
- The longer the password, the tougher it is to crack. Use at least 10 characters; 12 is ideal for most home users.
- Mix letters, numbers, and special characters. Try to be unpredictable – don’t use your name, birthdate, or common words these can easily be guessed or have access to by hackers. An example of a bad password is using the word PASSWORD itself.
- Don’t use the same password for many accounts. If it’s stolen from you – or from one of the companies with which you do business – it can be used to take over all your accounts.
- Don’t share passwords on the phone, in texts or by email. Legitimate companies will not send you messages asking for your password. If you get such a message, it’s probably a scam.
- Keep your passwords in a secure place, out of plain sight.
Back Up Your Files
No system is completely 100% secure permanently. So in order to protect the valuable data or information you have you as a user should back up and copy important files onto a removable disc or an external hard drive, and store it in a safe place.
By backing up your computer you are protecting your information and in case your computer is ever compromised, you’ll still have access to your files and it won't lead to downtime trying to recover the lost files.