Security Flaw “Heartbleed” is serious business

Changing your passwords is something that should be done on a regular basis. It should also be something that is difficult to figure out. Here are some tips on the things you should or shouldn’t do when setting your password.

– Don’t be obvious

A lot of personal information can be found online. Stay away from names, birthdays and address names.

– Use words and underscores to break things up.

– Use combinations of both upper and lower case. Letters, numbers and symbols are the best way to make it almost impossible to figure out.

– Use the password recovery options to keep your passwords up to date. Most services will send you an email if you have made many attempts to log in and have failed.

– Mix it up! Don’t use the same password for all your secure information. This way, if one password is compromised, you are not vulnerable to identity theft.

– Keep it in your head.

Do not write passwords down – someone may get hold of your list and your information will be compromised.

– Avoid using passwords in unsecured locations.

Wait until you get home to access accounts, versus at a local Internet cafe.

– Never check the “remember my password” check-box.

This makes it easy for someone to get on your computer and see everything you have ever logged in to.

– Last by not least “Change your password”.

At least every year or two.

I have attached a link to the security flaw that could potentially ruin a lot people’s privacy and life.

http://blogs.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/heartbleed-vulnerability-opens-the-door-to-ssl-heartbeat-exploits?eid=14Q2NAMGSCSR1093

 

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