Password Mistakes

10 Tips To Avoid These Password Mistakes.

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Hackers who are experienced, are better than you can imagine.   They can and will attempt to figure out your password.  I actually got a unexpected warning once regarding a password on a different site that they spelled out a few letters of the password thus warning me on what they knew.  This was different, as most hackers wouldn’t do such a thing. 

Let’s first talk about Third Parties:

Third Parties.

It’s best to never give out your password to a third party, unless you truly trust them.  Like if you had a plugin from another company and you were having trouble with it and they requested temporary access to fix it.  In this case giving them your password would only be part of the problem.  Would you continue to have access later as who knows what else they would do as a result of having access.  You should only give out your passwords to primary sites such as your hosting support if they as for it.

While Third parties are not hackers, you are still taking a risk in putting your trust in someone you don’t know. 

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Sharing Passwords.

You don’t want to share any of your passwords with anyone.  This basically falls under the same category of Third Parties.  Unless you know you can truly trust the person you are sharing your password with, it would be strongly advisable not to share your passwords at all.  Now if this is a place of business, then sharing passwords would be strongly prohibited.

Password Strength.

There’s nothing wrong with creating passwords that are easy to remember, but you need to add some complexity to them.  To have the most secure logins, it would be best to use a password generator to make them really tough.   If you prefer to get creative and create passwords easy for you to remember and use be careful as substituting numbers for letters isn’t as effective as it used to be with determined hackers.  Passwords are like keys to your front door and you wouldn’t let just anyone have them.  You should also avoid having your passwords too short.  Short passwords only contribute to the ease of guessing your passwords.

Reusing Passwords.

You would never think that reusing passwords would be a bad idea, but it is.  The most tenacious and persistent hackers keep lists of the passwords they attempt to use and reusing an older password would only play right into their hands.

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One Password Fits All.

Not a good practice to follow.  One should not use the same password for multiple sites.  Like a domino effect, if one site is cracked, there goes the rest.  Not too much of a big deal if you don’t have any personal and sensitive information on those sites that you use the same password.  In either case this is just not a good practice. 

Change Your Password.

This is a good habit to get into, but don’t do it too often as you don’t want to mistakenly use a previously used password.  You should never reuse a password as if hackers are watching your activity, reusing a password could make it easy for a hacker to break through.

Avoid Slight Password Changes.

This is highly popular and I’ve done it.  If you have a password like “Password123” and you change it to “Password456”.  You are only making a slightly different version of the same password which is really easy for seasoned hackers to crack.  Not to mention to avoid using “Password” as part of your password.

Password Cheat Sheets.

This is a good idea to use these, and having one isn’t the problem.  It’s where you keep it that matters.  If your computer is infected with malware, your passwords would be at risk of being compromised.

Doing nothing.

Doing nothing can be compared to leaving the front door of your house unlocked all the time whether you are home or not.  You’ll never know if or when someone is going to come in and wreak havoc.  Some people take no actions in safe guarding their passwords.  But you don’t have to be like those people.  Think you’re doing nothing of importance?  Hackers don’t know that and some don’t care, some love the challenge and will break in just to see if they can.

No Defenses.

Not having any defenses like antivirus or antimalware software installed on your computer or laptop is just as bad as the other mistakes mentioned here.  There are FREE versions of these software and there is no reason not to install them.  I recommend AVG FREE Antivirus as there is a FREE and Pro version.

Conclusion.

This is a war, and you are involved whether or not you believe that or not.  You have to just as determined as hackers when it comes to keeping them out.  After reviewing this list, you should be able to tell what you’re up against.  It’s never going to end and your efforts to keep them out has to continue.  Hackers are from all races, from many countries all over the world varying in skills and determination.  Make these changes today and change your routine to include safe guarding yourself in a routine way to keep hackers out of your computer / internet life. 

I also want to add that many people choose to totally abandon any access to the Internet and flee from it when being hacked or any identity theft issues happen. It’s only because of a lack of understanding and the knowledge to combat these issues that keeps these people in fear. Why did I add this? Simple, if you’re a beginner and you and have had no issues like this, you can’t let things like this block you from your dreams.

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