Protect Online Transactions
One of the most important parts of securing your internet experience is, sadly, often the most neglected. Choosing strong passwords can be one of the best ways to protect yourself. An excellent article by John Pozadzides can be found here. A summary of this article is:
- Choose strong passwords. A strong password is a password that incorporates a combination of letters and numbers. Avoid dictionary words and names.
- Use different passwords for different services. Some services implement measures to prevent against "Brute Force" methods of cracking passwords. Using the same password for all services allows a breach in a service that does not have these measures, the more secure site can be compromised.
- Email passwords are extremely important as they are often used for the password "reset" features of many online bank sites, and other online services. If compromised, the hacker could go to your bank and tell them that he forgot the password, they would then email information on how to setup a new password.