Be careful with your passwords

24 Nov 2014

Today is ‘Change your passwords’day in The Netherlands.

This is a new concept, launched by Tweakers, a technology platform. This is of course a marketing campagne but with an educational twist.

And such an important educational point that I decided I would take this day to spend some time discussing their tips on passwords as well.

As entrepreneurs we have a lot of passwords, for our accounting software, for social media, for your bank, etc. And it is very important to take care of these passwords so you can’t be hacked (that easily).

How to be careful with your computer

  1. Install security software – Secure your computer from attacks from the internet and virusses.
  2. Update your software – When weaknesses in software are found, an update will come to fix that. By keeping your software up to date it is harder to use those weaknesses to get into your computer.
  3. Use strong passwords – A strong password is a long string that is not one, easy word. Make sure you don’t use a password in multiple places and don’t save them in the browser.
  4. Don’t use public WiFi – Public WiFi is easy to hack into. If you don’t know how to secure your line, don’t use public WiFi because your communication can be intercepted.
  5. Don’t open documents and links that you don’t know – Attackers will try to send you software that will make it easier for them to hack you. If you don’t know the document or link, don’t open it!
  6. Don’t install software you don’t know – If you don’t know the software, don’t install it. And if you do know the software, please check the source of the program you are going to install, criminals will pretend to be sending you software but adding harmful software.
  7. Check the website address – Want to read your email or check your bank account? Make sure you are really on the website you want to be on.
  8. Be careful with links in emails – Criminals try to convince you they are sending an email from your bank or whatever and want you to click a link that will give them access to your computer or even your bank account. Be careful with clicking on links in emails.

Do you take care of your computer and passwords?

 

**cover photo by Jeff Sheldon at Unsplash**

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