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How many times have you come across hearing about peoples accounts being hacked in the media?

Well, that’s too many times for me, is that too many for you?

So, what can you do to help minimise your accounts being broke into?

There is, unfortunately, nothing that is 100% secure.  Those that are serious about breaking into an account will do it.  But, to stop the casual hacker or someone who has a grudge against you, you can do something relatively straightforward.  It is easy to implement.  The issue is that a lot of people find computer security to be complicated, or, at least, perceive it to be complicated.

The good news is that it is not complicated.  Let me explain how you can do it and allow you sleep easier.  No matter which account it is, Facebook, email, or your computer, you can implement the following information as soon as you have finished reading this.  I hope you have your computer protected by a password when it starts up, ie, you are prompted to log into Windows or your Apple Mac.  That is your first level of security.  You could have a password prompt when you first switch on, but, for 98% of people, you don’t need that level, unless you have extremely sensitive information!!

Ok, here we go.  Firstly, write down a password that you want to use, make it about 6 to 8 characters in length.  Then write down the following on a separate piece of paper until you are used to using numbers in place of letters.

A = 4

B = 8

E = 3

I = 1

O = 0    That’s the Letter “O” replaced by a Zero “0”

S = 5

If you want, you could exchange A for @ but not every online system allows those characters.

Now, rewrite the word and substitute the letters for the numbers.  For example:

hassled would become h455l3d

permanent would become p3rm4n3nt

steven would become 5t3v3n

and so on and so on.

See how easy it is to implement!!?

If you want to go a step further, you could add a number that is easy for you to remember.  For example:

permanent that becomes p3rm4n3nt could have a date of birth added at the end

p3rm4n3nt1985 or 1985p3rm4n3nt or 1985p3rm4n3nt1985 or p3r1985m4n3nt or any other combination you like. You can even use capital letters so you can type p3rm4n3nt

At work, if they want strong passwords, this is a great way to create them.

Password crackers find it easy to work out words without numbers, but, can take forever to crack them when there are numbers involved.

To make a password even stronger, you could include special characters like !, $, @, or ? where these are allowed.

One other main major rule when creating a password is never to share it with anyone, keep it to yourself!!

Lastly, once you’ve created your password, make sure you can remember it, otherwise, you will lock yourself out.  We don’t want that to happen, do we!!?

Have fun experimenting and keep your personal information safe!!

 

 

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