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How's Your Password Security?

Posted June 15, 2012

Last week a couple of large website vendors notified their customers of security breaches.  This seems like a constant occurrence, now that so many people are using online tools to meet personal and business needs.  This time the companies hit were LinkedIn and eHarmony, with about 6.5 million passwords stolen from LinkedIn and 1.5 million passwords from eHarmony.  You can read the news report here.

The whole topic of data security is a huge one!  I don’t claim to be an expert on this topic or many others, but over the years as an IT professional, Fox NewsI have put some good habits into practice.  These are also industry best practices, and I want to share a few points for those who may be newer to the Internet-connected world.

I ran across a good video report from Fox News on June 8, as they reflected on the LinkedIn security breach and shared some suggestions regarding password security.  This report was not designed for technical computer people, but for the every day person who uses things like Facebook or other online systems.

Click the picture on the right to open the video in a new window.  A short advertisement will play first which is part of Fox News's website, then the 8:49 minute video will play.

Below are a few things from the video which anyone who uses a computer or a Smartphone should think about.  Click each link below to read more about that topic along with some practical examples.

Just scratching the surface...
I am only covering a few really common points here, and only on the topic of good security practice for passwords.  There are many other things related to other areas of security, but this is enough content for now to get you thinking.  I hope that these suggestions will help you avoid the potentially costly and time consuming headaches which arise when unauthorized people get access to your confidential data.

We are all responsible to protect our own identity information.  With so much of that stored online today, it’s worth taking a few minutes to see if you should make any changes to improve your security.  It would be dumb to leave your house or car unlocked in a dangerous neighborhood.  The Internet is a dangerous place too, so take time to make sure that your valuable digital possessions are securely locked from intruders, just like you would lock your home.

Happy and safe computing!