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    Passwords are your protection against fraud and loss of confidential information, but few people choose passwords that are truly secure.

    Make your password as long as possible
       The longer a password is, the harder it is to guess or to find by trying all possible combinations . Passwords of 14 characters or more are vastly more difficult to crack.
    Use different types of characters

        Include numbers, punctuation marks, symbols, and uppercase and lowercase letters.


    Don’t use words that are in dictionaries

       Don’t use words, names or place names that are usually found in dictionaries. Hackers can use a dictionary attack (i.e., trying all the words in the dictionary automatically) to crack these passwords.


    Don’t use personal information

    Others are likely to know information such as your birthday, the name of your partner or child, or your phone number, and they might guess that you have used them as a password.


    Don’t use your username

     Don’t use a password that is the same as your username or account number.


    Use passwords that are difficult to identify as you type them in

      Make sure that you don’t use repeated characters or keys close together on the keyboard.


    Consider using a passphrase

      A passphrase is a string of words, rather than a single word. Unlikely combinations of word can be hard to guess.

    Try to memorize your password

           Memorize your password rather than writing it down. Use a string of characters that is meaningful to you, or use mnemonic devices to help you recall the password.

    If you write down your password, keep it in a secure place

            Don’t keep passwords attached to your computer or in any easily accessible place.

    Use different passwords for each account

            If a hacker cracks one of your passwords, at least only one account has been compromised.

    Don’t tell anyone else your password

            If you receive a request to confirm your password, even if it appears to be from a trustworthy institution or someone within your organization, you should never disclose your password .

    Don’t use your password on a public computer

            Don’t enter your password on a publicly available computer (e.g., in a hotel or internet café). Such computers may not be secure and may have keystroke loggers installed.

    Change your passwords regularly

             The shorter or simpler your password is, the more often you should replace it.






    Check your Kaspersky Anti-Virus


    Use MALWAREBYTES to Scan for Spyware      http://www.malwarebytes.org/ 

    Delete Temporary Internet files on a regular basis.Data Protection
    Internet Explorer: Tools>Internet Options>Delete Browsing History>
    Delete all and check the box to delete files stored by add-ins.
    For Firefox: Tools>Clear Private Data>Check all boxes
    Do Not open emails or links in emails that you are not familiar with

            Under attack?  Shut down your laptop by holding in the power button then login and go and delete temporary internet files


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