Creating and using quality passwords is a great way to avoid many of the risks that exist on the Internet. It is important to understand how to create high-quality passwords and what things you should avoid.
- [Narrator] Another way to stay secure when using the internet is to make sure you're using quality passwords. This one seems obvious, but it's a concept that people often ignore. In this video, we'll take a look at a few best practices for creating passwords. So, let's go ahead and look at some things to consider when you create one. First of all is the length. It's recommended that you create passwords with at least ten or more characters. Next is the complexity, and it's highly recommended that you use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers and symbols.
And, finally, change your passwords for your accounts every few months. Next, let's take a look at some things that you should avoid when creating a password. One thing you should avoid is using generic passwords, such as the word password, or 12345. These are too easy for people to guess and crack into. Also, don't use personal information such as the name of a pet or the street that you live on. This is also too easy to crack and puts you at risk. Don't use the same password for all accounts.
If one account becomes compromised, that puts all of your other accounts at risk. Don't use the Save Password feature. Now, you may decide to do this on a personal computer that only you use, but often times if you click save password, it will allow people to log in under your account without having to type it in. This can be dangerous if it's a computer that other people use. Finally, never share your password. Even if someone is considered a friend today, don't share your password with them. You want to be responsible for anything that happens with your account.
For that reason, it's only you that should access your accounts. Now, these tips obviously create a dilemma. If you create complex passwords for your accounts, or you create different passwords for different accounts and change them from time to time, how are you supposed to remember them? One thing to avoid is storing your passwords in an obvious spot, such as on a piece of paper that you keep next to your computer. Perhaps you can write them down and store them in a very safe and secure spot, preferably not somewhere near your computer. You could also store them in a password-protected spreadsheet.
Or, my favorite option, is to use a password management application to store your passwords. There are some highly-encrypted, highly-secured programs that allow you to store and manage your passwords, including programs like Last Pass, which you can find here at www.lastpass.com. And here's another one called One Password, which you can find at 1password.com. These applications will allow you to create, store, and even automatically enter in passwords for your accounts. This makes it so that you'll only need to remember one very strong password that you create for this application.
Most of these programs will work on your computer, phones, and other devices, as well. Do not underestimate the importance of having high-quality passwords. They keep your online accounts and information protected.
- Accessing your school's Internet policy
- Avoiding a negative digital footprint
- Understanding which websites are safe and secure
- Customizing your browser settings
- Staying secure when using the Internet
- Avoiding malware and phishing scams
- Using public computers
- Using free public Wi-Fi
- Purchasing textbooks online
- Taking precautions when browsing on mobile devices