Mobile Protection Toolbox

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Passwords

Facts

  • A password is a secret word, phrase or combination of letters and numbers used to prove identity or to gain entry to a particular resource or service.
  • People set passwords and use them to log in to services such as email accounts, bank accounts, social networking sites and other websites.
  • Most mobile devices allow you to set a security password that locks the screen of your device so that others cannot use it without the correct password.
  • Choosing a simple, easy-to-guess password and using it for all of your accounts can put you at risk from hackers and thieves.
  • It is important to create multiple strong passwords to protect yourself and your personal information from being compromised.
  • Words found in the dictionary, birthdates, and names of family members or pets are all common examples of weak passwords.
  • Longer, harder-to-guess combinations of upper- and lower-case letters and numbers make stronger passwords.
  • Some services offer to link more than one account to one shared password. If a thief were to discover your password, he or she would then have access to several of your accounts.

Tips

  • Enable settings that automatically password protect the screen of your device when it is not being used. This will reduce the risk of other people gaining access to your device if it is lost or stolen.
  • Create a strong password for each account you have, using a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. To create something that is strong, yet easy to remember try using a phrase such as "Thereare12eggsinabox!". If there is a character limit, try using the first letter of each word, "TA12EIAB!".
  • Some services offer two-factor or multifactor authentication, such as confirmation by text message along with password information. Use this feature whenever possible.
  • Do not use easy-to-guess passwords such as birthdates, names, or easy number patterns such as "123456".
  • Never share your passwords with anyone. Do not write them down or store them on your computer or mobile device.
  • Cover your keypad from bystanders when entering a password in a public place, such as a coffee shop, library, or at public computers.
  • Change your passwords regularly.