With all of the warnings we get about identity theft, how seriously do we heed those warnings? One of the most obvious ways to combat identity theft is by frequent password changes. Yet, how often does that happen?
Changing passwords is a chore. Most programs at your workplace need one. In order to get anything from a website you need one. You even need one to unlock your smartphone.
It seems to be a pain but changing your password should be a part of your normal procedures for both your work environment and home environment – especially if you do any on-line banking. Most experts recommend that you change your password every 90 days or so. But if this seems too much, I would recommend that every time you change the clocks for daylight savings time, you change your passwords (along with your fire alarm batteries). The password should include upper and lower case letters, numbers and some punctuation. These are the hardest passwords to figure out. Make sure you don’t base your password on any personal information, like family members or birth dates. There are programs that you can buy that will manage your passwords for you, so that all you have to know is one password. By changing your password regularly, you are taking an important step in keeping your personal information secure.
Getting your identity back after it’s been stolen can be a challenging thing. So, change those passwords.