Thursday, March 14, 2013

You'd Better Watch Out!

Hackers are out there everywhere. Antivirus and firewall software can’t keep up. What should you do? Disconnect your life from the digital world? Well, not just yet. Here are some tips for keeping yourself safe online.
 
1. Do not use any word found in a dictionary. Say you like to use panhandle as your password. Change it to panndle for example.
 
2. Use at least 8, preferably 12, characters. That includes symbols and numbers.
 
3. Do not include any personal information. I know that using your birth year or that of your children or spouse is a good way to remember. Hackers know this too. Same with your name, identification numbers, etc.
 
4. Be creative. Use a license plate number that you see in traffic (not yours or anyone you know) and add symbols and a few letter and numbers. Or try using a phrase for example "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain" and then narrow it down, like "triSsmitp67!".
 
5. Change your password regularly. Experts say once every three months, some more practical folks say twice a year, sooner if you suspect something has happened.
 
I know, it seems nuts and that Amish, Hutterite or Eskimo settlement is looking really good. Keep in mind that it's part of living in the digital world we live in and come up with a method that works for you. There are also many sites and password programs out there that will help you generate passwords and create secure lists that you can reference. These are just a few ideas. Search the web for more things you can do and check out computer magazine sites like PC World.
 
I wonder how to hook up a plow?  
 
 

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