When the Internet first went public, people educated in computers were rare. Now, they’re everywhere and unfortunately, many of them use their skills to ruin it for the others in the world. Security technology was in huge need and software companies scrambled to come up with “the” system for everyone.
Having a good password is key; it should be a minimum of 10 characters (preferably 16) that are letters (upper and lower case, both), numbers and symbols, though not all programs accept symbols. It takes a lot of time for a hacker to keep trying an account with different password versions and with both upper and lower case, numbers and symbols, it’ll be quite a chore for even a determined hacker.
Technology Security Tip; No Birthdates
Nearly all newcomers to computer technology think that nobody would ever guess their birthdates used as a password. Also common is an address number, a telephone number or the names of pets and family members. In actuality, these are the easiest kinds of passwords for a hacker to crack.
Back in the day a hacker had to try and guess the password using combinations of numbers and letters. Now they have software written to go through all the possible combinations, so people need to arm themselves with a password that’s difficult to crack. No password has proven to be un-crack-able, all a good hacker needs is enough time for their programs to find it.
And, believe it or not, there are lots of those that have time to sit and try to mess with someone or break into their accounts. It’s a very real and present danger, especially with ID fraud being the crime du jour. A person has to actively protect themselves online and when out in public.
Go through all the passwords for every online account you have, and match them to this criteria. It’s the best simple protection anyone can give themselves.