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Keeping Passwords Secure

Sharon Housley -- With more and more online sites requiring user registration and personal information, here are some suggestions for keeping your passwords and privacy secure.

As the Web has evolved, so have the methods of collecting personal information. Nowadays, a large number of Web sites require visitors to register in order to gain access or participate. While the need for registration is understandable, tracking user names and passwords can be burdensome. Consider using software to store your passwords, in a safe accessible manner.

Most Web sites have privacy policies, but the value of privacy statements is only as honorable as the people behind the Web sites. Here are suggestions for keeping passwords and your information secure:

1) Change your password frequently;
2) Never share your password with anyone;
3) Try to choose a password so it doesn't need to be written down, but not one so obvious others would easily guess the password;
4) Be sure your password is at least 6 characters;
5) Don't use a password containing all the same characters;
6) Don't send your password via email or provide it over the phone;
7) Don't use pet, family, or friends' names;
8) Don't use your telephone number, zip code, or address;
9) Use a different password for each account;
10) Don't use your user name;
11) Deactivate accounts for terminated employees;
12) Don't allow shared accounts;
13) Passwords should contain upper, lowercase letters, non-letter characters and numbers.

For more information, visit Resources Password Software at

Remember, passwords are not foolproof. Do not rely on a password alone to protect sensitive information. Also, monitor your accounts closely to ensure that security is not breached.

Sharon Housley manages marketing for NotePage, Inc., a company specializing in alphanumeric paging, SMS, and wireless messaging software solutions. Other sites by Sharon can be found at, and

© 2004 Sharon Housley

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