Create "Thief-proof" Passwords to Prevent Identity Theft

Create strong passwords with these tips and prevent identity theft

To prevent identity theft, you have to learn the methods of thieves and the way they think. One of the ways identity thieves work is in bits and pieces. By collecting bits and pieces of your information, they can eventually gather enough information to "crack" or figure out your passwords to sites you visit containing credit card and banking information.

When a thief has gained access to the first little bit of information about you, he can often use that information to figure out what your online passwords are. If a thief can crack your password, they can gain access to your personal information; this is why it is so important to use passwords that are difficult for thieves to crack.

Create thief-proof passwords

Using complex passwords makes access to your information much more difficult for thieves. This is one of the ways to prevent identity theft. Thieves are after "easy pickings". If your password is too time-consuming to crack, they will move on to easier passwords and steal identities elsewhere.

Birthdates, children's birthdates, and anniversaries is the information most commonly used for passwords and thieves know it. Once they gain access to this information, they start plugging in these dates to see if any work for your online passwords.

Use different passwords for different sites

it's convenient and easy to remember one password but this also makes it convenient and easy for thieves to have access to all of your information. Once the thief has figured out one password, he will try it on all of your accounts.

To prevent identity theft, use a different password for all sites. If you have difficulty remembering passwords, try a program like Roboform that keeps track of all your passwords. With a program like Roboform, you can use a different password for every site.

Use letters and numbers

Using a combination of at least 8 letters and numbers is the best way to create strong passwords. Again, don't let the numbers be a birth date or anniversary.

One method of doing this is by thinking of a phrase you can easily remember and convert it into letters and numbers. For example: married 24 years can be "mrd24yrs".

Avoid sequences and repeats

Creating passwords can get tiresome. To avoid this, sometimes users are tempted to use "easy" passwords like "BBBBBBBBB" or "abcdefg123". Guess what? These are the types of passwords thieves check. Take the time to create strong passwords.

Preventing identity theft can be tiresome, but doesn't have to be rocket science. Creating passwords that are challenging for thieves to crack is one way to prevent identity theft.

You can find a lot more useful information on creating good computer passwords here.

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