How To Protect Your Identity Online
Some of my past passwords have included Fluffy (my dog’s name), Red (my favorite color), and if I’m feeling really tricky, my birthday.
I’ve got news for you people. Anyone can guess these passwords! Especially professional hackers that want to steal your identity, your money, and your life.
For those of you who are like me (i.e. make your passwords your pets name… or worse your own middle name), let’s change our passwords… TODAY.
All right, it’s simple. A strong password is made of four parts: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
Don’t worry. It’s not as complicated as you think.
Even if you have 28934758976 accounts online (banks, websites, social sites, dating sites, etc.) you can create a strong password that you will actually remember. Start with ONE strong foundation password. Let’s choose the word symbol, which translates to $y0m801 in password talk.
Once you have this one solid “foundation password” you can build on top of it for all your accounts so no two accounts share the same password.
Yahoo Mail = $y0m801-Ym@il
Citi Bank = $y0m801-Cb@nk
Mastercard = $y0m801-M@ster
As you can see, it’s easy to make a strong password that you can remember AND that will keep your accounts safe and protected.