Passwords & Your Security
How safe is your online information? The bane of our lives today has become the PASSWORD. Without it you will most likely be greeted by something like this below.
How secure are your passwords?How safe and secure is your information?
I just had an email from one of my sons involved in law enforcement telling me about a site called www.FamilyTreeNow.com. Enter your name and you will see information on yourself, family members, people who may know you, past addresses, ages etc. So many sites use similar information to verify your identity that this is dangerous. You can opt out of this site, and you should. Go to Privacy, about a 1/4 of the way down the page is a link. You then search for yourself again and then opt out. Criminals are using this site to target people because of the wealth of information given.
As frustrating as it is selecting passwords it is important in the Real Estate industry. Use the same ones over and over and you can open up a serious problem allowing hackers access to client information, transaction information, bank infomation etc. This then allows them the ability to transact wire fraud because they can make it look like they are the title company issuing directions.
Are you using the same password over and over on different sites. For example, your email and your transaction management site. What strength is your password? If someone knows something about you can they use it to guess your password.
Security professionals suggest changing your password every month. I know; how are you ever going to remember those passwords and keep them all different?
Try to use a random phrase, then capitalize random letters and insert numbers, possibly for some letters and if the site accepts it add a special character.
For example: mooNtheoverjumpEd537%cowtHe
This was The Cow Jumped Over The Moon, backwards with a random number and special character inserted and random letters capitalized.
Maybe you like the Rolling Stones and could use song titles, or band member names, anything you might find easier to remember but which is random and is not noted as something you love.
Be careful, because if you look at passwords used over and over, you will find you do the same thing in the same place, for example use a similar number, or always capitalize the 5th letter.
Security is important to day not just for yourself but for your clients. Remember, use different passwords for different sites.Feel free to add advice on password protection of if someone has a great app for password creation.